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I Like

by Angie Mack Reilly 9.12.20

Learning. Loving. Laughing. Living.

Laughing. Learning. Loving. Living.

Learning. Living. Laughing. Loving.

Loving. Laughing. Living. Learning.

Laughing. Loving. Learning. Living.

Living. Laughing. Loving. Learning.

Learning. Loving. Laughing. Living.

This is me from the beginning.

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We Both Built This Nation

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by Angie Mack Reilly 5.27.20

What is the antonym for dishonor?

Honor.

Murder a life?

Value a life.

Your cultural contributions matter.

By that, I am saying that YOU matter.

You built this nation as did I.

Ignoring, dismissing and burying

your pioneering work

is evil.

Ignoring, dismissing and burying

anyone’s pioneering work

is piracy and theft.

We both built this nation.

That is our common bond.

It is time for the authors to receive

their due respect.

Rock and roll began with the blues.

You are just as much American

as am I.

I see the injustice of your history

being denied.

Please forgive me.

But they never taught me

about your writers and inventors.

Huge chunks of history were ignored.

Perhaps we need to back up.

Begin educating our children

about the diverse contributions

and experiences and songs.

As an educator, I am committed

to telling your story.

As a believer, I am committed

to honoring your life.

As your sister, I am committed

to stand with you against injustice.

I will continue to be an advocate

because it is the right thing to do.

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Poem: Invisible

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Invisible

by Angie Mack Reilly 2020

I feel invisible
Do you feel invisible
We feel invisible
Divisible
Forgivable
Sensational
Deliverable
Yet invisible
I feel invisible
Do you feel invisible
We feel invisible

Photo also by Angie Mack Reilly

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Angie Gets Interviewed by Poet Z.M. Wise: Co-Editor of Transcendent Zero Press

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About Z.M. Wise

​Long version: Z.M. Wise is a proud Illinois native from Chicago, poet, essayist, occasional playwright, seldom screenwriter, co-editor and arts activist, writing since his first steps as a child. He was selected to be a performer in the Word Around Town Tour in 2013, a Houston citywide tour. He is co-owner and co-editor of Transcendent Zero Press, an independent publishing house for poetry that produces an international quarterly journal known as Harbinger Asylum. The journal was nominated Best Poetry Journal in 2013 at the National Poetry Awards. He has five books of published poetry, including: Take Me Back, Kingswood Clock! (MavLit Press, 2013), The Wandering Poet (Transcendent Zero Press, 2014), Wolf: An Epic & Other Poems (Weasel Press, 2015), Cuentos de Amor (Red Ferret Press, 2015), and Kosmish and the Horned Ones (Weasel Press, 2018). His debut play, Bottles of Emerald for the Demon Queen (Transcendent Zero Press, 2019), was published in late December of 2019. His sixth book of poetry, Illinois Infinitarium (Cherry House Press, 2020), will be published in the summer months of 2020. Other than these books, his poems, lyrics, essays, and book reviews have been published in various journals, magazines, and anthologies. The motto that keeps him going: POETRY LIVES AND LONG LIVE THE ARTS! Mr. Wise will make sure to spread that message and the love of the arts, making sure it remains vibrant for the rest of his days and beyond. Besides poetry and other forms of writing, his other passions/interests include professional voice acting, singing/lyricism/songwriting, playing a few instruments, fitness, and reading.  Besides poetry and other forms of writing, his other passions/interests include professional voice acting, singing/lyricism/songwriting, playing a few instruments, fitness, and reading.

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Additional resources talked about in the interview:

Contact:  angie@ozaukeetalent.com

 

 

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Pandemic Poem: No Fear

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Pandemic Poem:  No Fear

Photo and Poem by Angie Mack Reilly*

There is no fear
when you know that
the motive in your heart
is love
There is no fear when
you know that your reasons
are pure

Yes. Mistakes happen.
Imperfection is human.
But mostly?
There is misunderstanding.

And assumptions
of intentions
and generations of biases
and egos and not knowing
and confusion
then mistrust
and fear
and the break down
and the shake down
and it all comes tumbling down

*grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.. intentional

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Poem: Who Are the Innocent?

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Who are the Innocent?

by Angie Mack Reilly (c) 2020

 

Who are the innocent?
Yes. The unborn are innocent.
And the sexually abused
are also innocent.
Those wrongly stolen from are innocent.
Those who are falsely accused are innocent.
Animals are innocent.
Our environment is innocent.
Those who are sick
and refused care
are innocent.
The frail can be innocent.
The racially targeted are innocent.
Justice for all?
Is there justice for the innocent?
How can one group of innocent
be more important than another
group of innocent?
Those who did not commit a crime
are innocent.
Who is defending the innocent?
Perhaps your party and my party
are defending different kinds of innocence?
I don’t see society defending the innocent
like it once did.
I see people denying the innocence
and refusing to look at it altogether.
Even destroying innocence.
Shooting kids.
Denying medical assistance to kids.
Abusing kids.
Trafficking kids.
Hurting.
The innocent.

Photo taken by Angie Mack Reilly at a hate rally in West Allis

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We Need the Theater (Short Poem)

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We Need the Theater

by Angie Mack Reilly 2019

Feature Photo by Kevin Mikolajczak.  Lion King Jr. Produced by Angie Mack Reilly of Ozaukee Talent at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center for the North Shore Academy of the Arts.  January 2018.  

We need to get raw and real
and express our emotions.
We need the theater to make us cry
and laugh and love again.
Humanity is threatened and compromised
by artificial intelligence.
We are at a pivot
and must preserve.

Most photos below were taken by Angie Mack Reilly.  Otherwise used with permission.

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Poem: Deeper

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Deeper

Photo and Poem by Angie Mack Reilly, musician, Grafton, WI 11.29.19

We don’t go deep enough
into the lives of others
because this world is
speeding up
and being tousled like
a giant and messy ball of yarn.
We are doing too much
in too short of time.
We need to slow down.
Simplify.
And really get to know each other.

What is your deepest desire?
What are your quirks?
What hurt you in life?
What did you want to be when you were young?
Where would you like to travel?

We need to sit on our rockers again,
sip our sun tea and talk it up
until the sun goes down.
But, for many of us, we are working
our asses off just to survive
this greedy globe.

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Poem: Stretch

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by Angie Mack Reilly

Stretch.
Stretching a rubber band.
Stretching a muscle.
Stretching the truth.
Stretch a note.
Stretch a line.
Stretch a piece of gum.
Stretch your imagination.

*photo taken by Angie Mack Reilly at Kohler-Andrae State Park