Winter Break/Spring Thaw

I have finished with my graduate school applications, which means I am going to take a well deserved respite. I will jump out of the rut I have been in and seek to make some new furrows. Amid all of this breaking free, I am going to try and tackle some new work. I don’t […]

Fallow Fields, Writer’s Block and Winter Blues

During this time of year in the Pacific Northwest the whole world turns gray. Rain and cloud cover become the norm. Although the days are lengthening, there is usually less sunshine to be had. January and February are grim even for the locals. * * * * Although T.S. Elliot said that April was the […]

A New Year and New Poems in Print

For the past year and a half I worked on a collection of poems about the stars. The story goes that each constellation was released from the sky for a single evening and landed somewhere in New York City. Each poem tells the story of one constellation and how it adapts to (post)modern life. I […]

Post Holiday Gifts, Rebecca Brown and G.I. Joe

When I was young the day after Christmas was reserved for showing off the gifts that I had been given to my friends and vice versa. Sometimes we were allowed to play with the new toys and sometimes we only got to look. * * * I have been reading Rebecca Brown’s collection of short […]

Book Notes on Blind Date with Cavafy by Steve Fellner

Steve Fellner’s poems are funny. Some poems I laughed out loud at, nodding my head in agreement with his observations about human nature. Other poems caused me to curl my lips at their wry invective. Fellner’s poems are smart and they know it. Fellner’s work can intimidate because they require the reader to know a […]

New Places to See My Poems In Print

I am pleased to announce that two of my poems are in the Fall 2009 issue of Connections magazine. In fact, my poem “The Four Last Things” is on the homepage for the magazine. Please take a look. You can check out the magazine and download a free PDF version of it here: http://www.csmd.edu/Connections/magazine.html More […]

Finding Poetry on the Roof at Dawn

The weather this week has been very cold and clear. The Pacific Northwest is not known for its sunny winter climate. I have been sitting in the light for a few minutes each day and giving thanks for this small blessing, sun in a season that usually brings abundant rain. Advent is the season of […]

Writing and Arrival

While earning my undergraduate degree, I was ten years older than most of the students in my classes. I was filled with gratitude to finally know what I wanted to do with my life. I was mature enough to see my dreams through. But I struggled with the fear that I had come to writing […]

Found Poems, From Your Own Material?

The wisdom of the Academy of American Poets website defines a found poem as “poems [that] take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems.” The Academy continues […]

Your Loss is My Gain (Poetry)

I wanted to note two new books of poems that I picked up at the bookstore where I work. We buy used books and the used buyers alert me if we get a glut of poetry. It is rare for anyone to sell us a large quantity of poetry, but on Saturday someone did. Here […]