Your Favorite Poems and Recipes of 2015 Part 1

You may have noticed there were no poems or recipes in my Top 10 post on New Year’s Day. While my poems and recipes are well-received, they don’t generate the same return readership my memoir or trauma writing pieces do. That’s okay with me! Truth be told, I post recipes and poems for myself. This is my site after all. However, there have been a few favorites in both these categories, so I thought it would be fun to revisit them.

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In no particular order, here are the top five poems:

Compromised Field is first on the list and it isn’t by me. This poem appears on THQ courtesy of Shareen Mansfield, my soul-twin over at On the Verge. This poem has special meaning to me and has gotten me through some tough times. I refer to it quite frequently.

Paper Ribbons.Writing this was a lot of fun. A poem based on the writer’s relationship with the muse, and one that ultimately determined the look of my business cards.

Your Desert was written for someone I love. Now that I type that I’m noticing a trend. The work I’ve written out of love for others is the work you all pick up and share. Since my whole reason for writing is to help just one person, that’s fine by me.

The Meadow is something new for me and my writing process. Again, it was written for someone else. I think it has a different sort of feeling than my other pieces. I have a series of earth-love poems in my drafts waiting to see the light of day, but they are a bit . . . um . . . outside my comfort zone. This was the most risky piece I feel comfortable sharing right now.

Keep Your Devil is a poem for rape survivors. This is also a piece by Shareen Mansfield. There’s a dreamlike quality to Shareen’s work. I love helping her develop her writing in all its forms. “Keep Your Devil” is a challenging piece. I hope you read and love it as much as I do.

Check back in next week for the top five recipes in Part 2 of this post!


Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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