Poet’s Corner-May 27, 2022

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Posted May 27, 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.

 

I Say This Warmly

By James Blevins

 

because

today

 

I woke

rosy-cheeked,

 

embraced

by the

 

sun and sky.

 

And dogging

at my feet,

 

pushing itself

into each morning

 

footfall, a

single word:

 

        try.

 

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 he hopes to share with the world one day—or at least share with his parents, relatives, coworkers and friends who haven’t unfollowed him on Facebook yet.