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We are so happy to invite you to our November 10, 2020, installment of the Wilde Readings Series in cyberspace, with guest authors L Nef'fahtiti Partlow-Myrick and Michael McKeown Bondhus, as they read from their latest work. Hosted by Linda Joy Burke:

Here's the Zoom Registration Link for Wilde Readings where you will also be able to sign up for the open mic:

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Now About our Authors:

L. Nef'fahtiti Partlow-Myrick
Visual artist, poet-writer, teacher, minister, and grandmother L. Nef’fahtiti Partlow-Myrick makes things in response to her intuition, natural environments, and experiences as an African-descendant woman in America. Her writings and artwork appear in numerous publications and exhibits, including group shows at Hamilton Gallery. She teaches composition and literature courses at Howard Community College, creates environmental art installations, and practices spiritual activism while pursuing a Ph.D. in Transdisciplinary Practices in Leadership.

Michael McKeown Bondhus
Michael McKeown Bondhus (formerly Charlie) is an Irish-American writer. He's the author of Divining Bones (Sundress, 2018) and All the Heat We Could Carry (Main Street Rag, 2013), winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His work has appeared in Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, The Missouri Review, Columbia Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and Copper Nickel. He is associate professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College (New Jersey—unceded Lenape land). More at:


Wilde Readings Virtual Event Policy:

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Wilde Readings Series' will continue to be on-line until further notice.


We are grateful to our featured authors, our sponsor HoCoPoLitSo - The Howard County Poetry & Literature Society, open mic readers, and our audience for their flexibility. With everyone’s help, we have been able to make our events virtual.


Wilde Readings will follow these policies for online events:

  • Wilde Readings' virtual events will be recorded and posted to our Facebook page for those who cannot attend the live reading.

  • At the opening of a virtual event, the host will announce where the reading is being broadcast and that it is being recorded.

  • Barring technical difficulties, Wilde Readings virtual events will take place via Zoom webinar, with a live feed on Facebook.

  • Open mic readers must sign up in advance to be “attendees” to the Zoom webinar. Attendees participate by audio only. When it is an open mic reader’s turn, the host will unmute them for their reading. (Please limit to two poems and/or no more than two minutes.)

  • Wilde Readings will set aside time at the end of the event for a non-recorded portion of the open mic. Please specify that this is your preference when you sign up to read. (The host will sign off for all those watching on Facebook Live, will turn off the recording, and will continue the Zoom webinar with remaining open mic readers

Featuring the poetry of Lenett Nef’fahtiti Myrick (formerly Allen), jaki-terry, Linda Joy Burke, and Chezia Thompson-Cager, editor. Inprint Editions. 2001.

"This mesmerizing collection of verse is as
diverse and inspiring as the women who
wrote these poems."  

The Monochrome View

Tell him it’s a lie.
The ashen hue for sun,
the gunmetal ground for soil,
the pewter pole for fruit-bearing tree,
the cinereous mural wall for fresh field
with its marbleized animalia—


all fallacies.

Show him how to see.
Beyond appearances,
into azura days of clarity,
Kelly green gardens of hope,
vermillion walls of a happy home,
kaleidoscope ways of being impervious to
circumstances and unnatural playgrounds—


all possibilities.

Tell him and tell him again and again,
the truth about little black boys and Monarchs,
then pray he flies.

*From “Black Butterfly” by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil

Photo "Butterfly" by Jennifer Bishop

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