Poet’s Corner-June 24, 2022

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Posted June 24, 2022 | By Ocala Gazette Staff

Every Friday, James Blevins, this newspaper’s in-house reporter and poet—who has seen his work previously published in “Salt Hill Journal,” “Pretty Owl Poetry,” “Stoneboat Journal,” “Mud Season Review” and “AZURE,” as well as numerous other outlets both online and in print—chooses one poem for publication.

Additionally, Blevins will share a poem of his own, just for good measure, at the end of each calendar month.


My Heart is a Bucket.

By James Blevins


My heart is a bucket.


Simple, humble.


Collecting rain.


Only I can.


Pour my heart out.


Or top it up.


My heart is a bucket.


James Blevins was born in Oak Harbor, Ohio, in 1981. He is an award-winning poet and journalist who graduated from the College of Central Florida in 2017. Bitterzoet Press published his first chapbook, “What Nature Keeps Secret,” in 2018. Blevins is currently working on a new collection of poems.