Flyover Country

Ended the year with a few more publications.  My poem "Flyover Country," about the high rate of suicide in Wyoming, appeared in The Eunoia Review this week.  Here is the full poem: Flyover Country They want to know why here in Wyoming people kill themselves so often. Is it the cold weather? The wind? The access … Continue reading Flyover Country


My Interview with Wyoming Public Media

Wyoming Public Media just posted one of its Spoken Words podcasts where I discuss writing, poetry, and how I came up with the pen name Aden Thomas through the series Sex and the City. I also read from two of my poems, including "This Prairie Shore," which was originally published in the journal Poetry Quarterly.  … Continue reading My Interview with Wyoming Public Media

Movie Night in Central Wyoming

My new poem "Movie Night in Central Wyoming" was recently published in the second issue of The Mantle, a new literary journal.  Here is the full text: Movie Night in Central Wyoming The rain just north of Riverton rolls deep into the August night like a groggy and hibernating bear looking for the comfort of … Continue reading Movie Night in Central Wyoming

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

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