Book Notes on Advanced Elvis Course by C.A. Conrad

Paperback, 112 pages Published by Soft Skull Press, June 1, 2009 ISBN: 9781593762438 This book defies even the broadest of categorizations. I want to call it poetry or flash fiction, but it is more. Each piece could be called an anecdote and although many are entertaining, they are not trivial. Story, by poem, by list, […]

Poems that Pack a Punch: Steve Scafidi and Robert Wrigley

Once in a while, poetry sucker punches me in the stomach. It reminds me just how visceral and rangy it can be. Poetry can make me laugh or bend my lips into a wry smile. I find myself thinking about the sounds of poems and the imagery, but a poem doesn’t often send a shiver […]

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 […]

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 […]