Lilacs

Four of my poems were recently published by The Hamilton Stone Review.  One of those poems, a favorite of mine, a love poem, is called "Lilacs": Lilacs When I think of you, I think of lilacs, that subtle shade of lavender, and the purple bough I picked for you the day we walked through the … Continue reading Lilacs

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Writing About Place

Writing about place can be difficult, especially when we've lived in a place for a long time.  The trick, as the great New York and Colorado poet Jared Smith once told me, is to "grab hold of a good metaphor and don't let go." Here's a poem called "Elk Mountain" from my first book What … Continue reading Writing About Place

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

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