One of the most underrated poetry groups that has had its works published in a newspaper and recorded for a library’s poem of the month video series is the Peaceful Poets.

This group is based in Milpitas; hopefully people noticed.

The Milpitas Post and the Milpitas Library:

helped the group, making times more merry.

From May 2012 to February 2018:

I was proofreading for and moderating

the Peaceful Poets (with whom I shared my thoughts, poems, songs).

This group’s range of works and videos is at .

One video (at ) features four of its members.

It’s one highlight of many that I still remember.

If you’d also like to watch and listen to me in this recording,

I (Z.F. Thrimej) am the second one on it performing

from the times 1:13 to 1:31.

Over half of this poem is already done.

Noteworthy is this group going beyond expectations;

it did more than stimulate and catalyze imaginations.

Love, loss, experiences, and ideas: this group writes about and meditates on.

Its members also vent about and confront what’s wrong.

Sometimes we felt messed with, dealt with the excessive.

We coped by being reflective, writing many a message

not only about what annoys, but also our joys and our stories.

This group inspired others to create and use your voice.

I hope these poets, the library, and the Post continue to encourage;

poetry, writing, and creativity are ways to heal, learn, and nourish.







Remembering the collaborations between the Peaceful Poets, the Milpitas Library, and the Milpitas Post

If you were in Milpitas, and if you had thoughts, feelings, experiences,  and/or ideas that you wanted to write about and share and/or if something wrong happened and you wanted others to listen to you and know about it, then the Milpitas-based group of writers the Peaceful Poets, the Milpitas Library (where the group meets, where its members were recorded for the Milpitas Poem of the Month video series, and where their works were promoted and could be found at) and the Milpitas Post (which published news about Peaceful Poets meetings and published 415 of my poems and hundreds of the rest of the group’s works before the Post‘s unfortunate changes (like downsizing/layoffs, reduced page count, its phasing out community features including poetry) in February of 2018) were there to listen to you, inspire you, and even share or publish what you wrote or what you had to say. That’s what these three did for me and for other members of the community.

As a longtime Peaceful Poets member who moved away from Milpitas (because of unaffordable housing), I’m still reminded of and grateful for the group, the library, the Post, their impact on me, and their support of my work.

After this blog post, I will be posting a poem that’s a shout-out to the Peaceful Poets, the Milpitas Library, and the Milpitas Post.

I hope to eventually post on this blog (or at my other blog more highlights/details about these collaborations and/or the results of these collaborations.






November 16 reminds me of Heather Wreckage;

compilations are part of this message.

This post relates to what she sent to me and what she made.

What Heather made is more than one mixtape.

The two mixtapes that she sent to me contain untoppable music.

How I perceive music: Heather Wreckage improved it

(because of what she shares on these two cassettes).

Opening lots of doors is one of their effects.

In this blog post are pictures of the two

(along with illustrations which she drew).

She gave them to me in 2014 and 2015.

Both are more than plenty uplifting.

The bands on them and their music challenged me and made me work harder for every song.

You can check out her work at .

This post is a continuation of

(Over there, there are closer pictures of a mixtape along with her message).

Mixtapes from Heather Wreckage to Z.F. Thrimej (including Ladyfest Mix 2014)
Mixtapes from Heather Wreckage to Z.F. Thrimej (featuring Side A)
Mixtapes from Heather Wreckage to Z.F. Thrimej (featuring Side B)
Mixtapes from Heather Wreckage to Z.F. Thrimej (featuring folded illustrations in their cases)
Heather Wreckage on envelope that I painted (back in April 2014).
Mixtape to Heather from me . Side A, back in 2013
Mixtape to Heather from me . Side B, back in 2013
Mixtape art to Heather Wreckage. back in 2013
Mixtape art to Heather Wreckage. back in 2013
Mixtape art to Heather Wreckage from me. back in 2013

Shadow Ballerina returns and moves ready; she’s the result of a heart that’s heavy.

Not easily trusting the trendy (or even a bevy), she’s misunderstood as “cold” and “unfriendly”. Others don’t know she’s gone through shit worse than deathly. Recovering from backstabbings, she gets revenge and more eventually.

Shadow Ballerina returns
Shadow Ballerina moves ready
Shadow Ballerina is misunderstood as “cold” and “unfriendly”