Fall 2022 Poetry Reading Series, #5


The fifth poem in this series—and my third and final poem published in Global Poemic—is “Brood X Symphony (The 17-Year Cicadas)” [https://globalpoemic.wordpress.com/2021/07/12/brood-x-symphony-the-17-year-cicadas/]. It appeared on July 12, 2021, during the Covid pandemic, but its subject was a different scourge I was facing that summer: the dreaded 17-year cicadas! In my lifetime, I had already encountered … More Fall 2022 Poetry Reading Series, #5

Fall 2022 Poetry Reading Series, #4


The fourth poem in this series—and my second “covid” poem published in Global Poemic—is  “The Forgotten Mask” [original link: The Forgotten Mask – Global Poemic (wordpress.com); archival link: February 2021 – Global Poemic (wordpress.com)]. It appeared on February 24, 2021, when the Covid pandemic was nearly a year old, but the mask mandate was still … More Fall 2022 Poetry Reading Series, #4

Announcement: Poem #11 Just Published!


I am excited, humbled, and proud to announce that my latest poem, “Chaos – 2022” appears today in Minyan Magazine, alongside 9 other excellent poems in issue 5.  This poem was originally written in October 2020 (Hebrew year 5781) for the Beth Am Synagogue (Baltimore) annual Poetry Shabbat, which took place during the darkest period of … More Announcement: Poem #11 Just Published!

Fall 2022 Poetry Reading Series, #3


My third published poem is titled “I Don’t Want to Play The “Capitol” Edition of Clue™”. It appeared on January 25, 2021, in the online journal Oddball Magazine [https://oddballmagazine.com/poem-by-jackie- oldham-2], 19 days after the January 6th Insurrection in Washington, D.C. Like many of you, I watched the Insurrection unfold on live television, and it took … More Fall 2022 Poetry Reading Series, #3

Fall 2022 Poetry Reading Series #2


My second poem, “Just Another Covid Saturday,” appeared in the online journal Global Poemic on October 10, 2020 [https://globalpoemic.wordpress.com/2020/10/10/just-another-covid-19-saturday/], but it was written during the darkest period of the Pandemic, on March 28, 2020, when none of us knew what was happening, and we were all struggling with a life in lockdown. Global Poemic is … More Fall 2022 Poetry Reading Series #2

October Surprises


Autumn is my favorite season, and October is my favorite month(!), most likely because they’re the season and month of my birth. For much of my life, October was a banner month for birthdays in my family: my Aunt Elnora (October 4th), my little brother David (October 6th), my Great-Uncle Sonny (October 9th), his sister … More October Surprises

Murals of Baltimore


A Series of Photo-Essays of Murals – and Landmarks – of Charm City: Part I All photos by Jackie Oldham (aka baltimoreblackwoman). In my travels around Baltimore, by car and on foot, I snap photos of sights and scenes that intrigue, delight, or astound me; and every photo has a story behind it. Graffiti Alley … More Murals of Baltimore