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

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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

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

Working with other poets

Poet Alarie Tennille recently released her new book of poetry, Waking on the Moon. The cool part for me is Alarie used a line from my poem "The Long Dark Moon," for one of her chapter headings. Here the picture of the heading: The original poem was published by Poetry Breakfast in 2016 and can … Continue reading Working with other poets