Alicia Young is a poet, wife, mother, former mortician, middling pianist, and above average tap dancer. She has the tongue of a harpy, the heart of a benevolent queen, the gall of a mad king, and is rumored to be a wee bit of a tramp. She is a modern day Southern belle, born on Kentuckyโ€™s bourbon trail, and 7th great granddaughter of Pocahontas. She enjoys black coffee and Wild Turkey in the morning, complimented by a fine cigar at night. Her Electra complex is the stuff of legend. Her dog, Gussimer Puppenheimer, is a former mafioso turned pro-wrestler. Ms.Young is the baddest woman on the planet with a set of nunchaku while any southern rock is playing. She was previously published in The Long Islander, Cultural Weekly, American Funeral Director, The Vagina Gun, The Musophobist, The Montucky Review, Take-It-To-The-Streets-Poetry, The Juice Bar, The Moronic Ox Literary & Cultural Journal, and The Mas Tequila Review. Ms. Young is the author of Hell on Heels, poems by Alicia Young, Lady Lazarus Press, US, 2012, and Fried Chicken, Schmussy, & other Songs from a Baptist Hymnal, Leaky Boot Press, UK, 2016, and The Death of Disco, Poetic Justice Press, US, 2018.

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Reading about you, your my kind of woman. I’m married to the love of my life and best friend. She is as mean as a snake, and like you, she can make a sailor blush. She cusses so much I tell people she has Tou-rett’s Syndrome. I grew up in the funeral business (Durham Funeral Home, Pineville Ky.). My sister is a funeral director and embalmer in Louisville, Ky. I ran across you researching Hermitage Distillery. I live on Hermitage Drive in Frankfort, Ky. On the site of the old distillery.

Hi Alicia

Interesting reading… mortician? For real? Yeah I ain’t but I’m most of the other things you are… look forward to reading more of your work. Take it easy

Luke @ WordSalad

I love your diversity, yet all of the things you say you do seem to somehow fit together…I have a great respect for morticians, it is sacred work and so very necessary not only for the ones departed, but also for those they left behind…to provide righteous accomodations for the temple of loved ones as their soul moves on…Very important work, God bless you for that…

and, what i like about your poetry, is that you’re not trying to impress anyone with the greatest blend of adjectives and cryptic phrases. you’re saying what you have to say, and you’re adding some flavor. you have my attention.

I’m trying to remove flowery sentimentality from my writing. Critical images, raw emotion, the tangible…this is what I’m striving for. Efficiency is bliss. Thank you, Rich…

anyone can write poetry, but writing poetry doesn’t make one a poet. too many people sit around with a thesaurus trying to come up with an interesting or superfluous way to say regular, every day words. someone last week used a crazy word when they could have just said, “ate.” i had to look it up, whatever the hell the word was.

but you’re not doing that. you’re not trying to make a puzzle. too many others are making word puzzles.

ok. i’ll stop now so i don’t look too much like an overzealous fan.

Was the word masticate? I have science degrees. Ha! Oh, the thesaurus abusers are their own reward. It’s why I rarely use punctuation. I let the emotion stand alone. No funny spacing. No parlor tricks. No smoke and mirrors. The words are sparse, deliberately. I once wrote that Emily Dickinson just needed a good bending over. Thank you, Rich…

emily dickinson! ha! make me laugh.

are you old enough to know the song “the yellow rose of texas”? look it up. 95% of all of emily’s poems can be sung along with that tune. how creative is that? not.

Very interesting bio! Wow… like “Six Feet Under”? I am also a Cincinnatian with Kentucky roots, though the rest of my story is a bit more conventional. I look forward to reading your work this summer.

Hi Alicia,
It’s me again. I would like to thank you for visiting my blog. And thank you for following my blog as well; I really appreciate it. Hope my blog doesnโ€™t disappoint you and that you have a joyful ride in each of your visits there.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a lovely day and thank you again! ๐Ÿ™‚

Subhan Zein

Its not exactly ‘following’ one does with your blog, nor is it liking’ it..there is a deeper, magnetic force that pulls one to your writing, if it is still jut mere ‘writing’, for I have a sneaky feeling you are transcending’ mere words. To ‘like’ sounds to mundane and sentimental on this page. There must be another word.

Hello Alicia,

Happy New Year to you, hope it is not too late. May 2013 be a year of success, love, and happiness for you.

Thank you for keep following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint. My subscription went messed up, so now I am resubscribing. Looking forward to reading more!

Take care, many blessings and much love to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Subhan Zein

I have been reading your poems for a while now. And I’m addicted.
There’s a simplicity to your writing, and you have this… flair for using the perfect word in the perfect place, which in conjunction with the other words conveys far more than its dictionary meaning.

And I love how you portray emotions. Not in an overly theatrical manner, but giving them every bit of due importance.

Do add me in the long list of your fans!


Thank you. This is perhaps the most lovely and considerate comment ever placed on my blog. I am delighted to know the writing appeals to you in so many ways. I’ve been told my poetry is poetry for people who don’t like poetry. I don’t know, I just feel it. Warmest regards…

Thank you, Chris. I appreciate your reading and taking the time to say so. I’m happy the writing struck you so. Chatting is often fine and a favorite thing of mine. Cheers, to poetry.

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