To Those Agritourists About to Die, We Salute You

My new poem, entitled "To Those Agritourists About to Die, We Salute You," was recently published by Rust + Moth.  You can find the poem by following this link.  I wrote the poem after listening to someone on a panel talk about the need for increased agricultural tourist in Wyoming.  It got me thinking of all … Continue reading To Those Agritourists About to Die, We Salute You

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Summers with my Father

My new poem, "Summers with my Father," was recently published over at The Red Eft Review.   It's a longer poem than I typically write--perhaps because it's highly narrative and employs shorter line lengths to magnify tension. Consider it a coming-of-age poem.  Here's the full text: Summers with my Father He told my mother he brought … Continue reading Summers with my Father

Writing metrical poems

Before I seriously began writing poems over a decade ago, I studied metrics for about six months.  I started by reading Timothy Steele's All The Fun's In How You Say a Thing: An Explanation of Meter and Versification and also William Baer's Writing Metrical Poetry.  Then I wrote nothing but metrical verse for about nine … Continue reading Writing metrical poems

The paradox of poetry

Most would agree with the idea that writing (and reading) poetry connects us to a deeper level of consciousness and meaning in the world. This view is somewhat overly dramatized in this scene from the character John Keating (John Keats, anyone?) in Dead Poet's Society. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ0S7ZJCfWo Hopefully, by now you've realized poetry will not bring … Continue reading The paradox of poetry

How to scan a poem

Despite what we've learned in school, there is no "correct" scan of a poem sitting in a vault somewhere for only English teachers to see.  Often, scansion relies on context, but even then, what one person hears as a stressed syllable another person hears as unstressed.  And within stressed syllables, the degree of stress can … Continue reading How to scan a poem