By Trace Maddox

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New Site, New Plans, New Direction

Hello Everyone, I hope this letter is finding you well. The fact that anyone would read my stuff is bewildering to me. When I started back in September of 2019, I had no idea that people around the world would be reading my poetry and random creative endeavors. Back then, I didn’t quite have a direction I wanted this “thing” to go. I just wanted to write more regularly, and if anyone felt compelled by it, that’d be a plus. Here we are though, and I am incredibly humbled and grateful for each one of you — know that you…

Haiku Three

Hope you all like this Haiku. Laughing at myself is something I am still trying to learn.

Haiku Two

I have been having a lot of fun writing Haikus recently. Getting the right words is hard for me as a writer, nevertheless, it is what draws me forward. Hope you enjoy. (Also as a pre-P.S. I guess, there will be some upcoming updates to my website soon with some new features. I am kinda pumped for it, but it’ll take some time.)

Terraforming/ Big Bend

This upcoming week I will be in Big Bend National Park in Texas. This place is pretty incredible — it is like you’ve landed on an alien planet with barren lands marked by wild rock formations. Red, dusty, beautiful. I’ve been here before and that trip inspired by poetry book, Terraforming: A Story of the Heart and Separation (which you can find at the bottom of groundedinone.com.) In honor of returning to this park, I’ve decided to post the poem that comes from my poetry narrative/book that is titled “Big Bend.” This piece fits into the narrative well, I think, as a way of describing the new planet the character in the book finds themself in. I hope you enjoy! Feel free to check out the full book in you are so inclined. 

Dust

This is a poem called “Dust.” It explores how small we are but how great our light can be. Trust in this moment.

Digital Age

This is a flash-fiction piece dealing with how we objectify technology to dangerous ends…