The Two Coolest Books I Own

Several years ago, I lost count of how many poetry books I have (can you ever have enough?). But there's absolutely no doubt which are my favorites collections. They are always the signed copies.  Sometimes I get lucky enough to stumble into a used bookstore and find one for cheap.  This was the case once … Continue reading The Two Coolest Books I Own

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Risk sentimentality, unless you’re as good as Thomas Lux

If we exclude Billy Collins and Mary Oliver, Ted Kooser is probably the most most accessible and well-read poet in America today.   His advice for poets, which you can get for about four bucks used in  The Poetry Home Repair Manual, is to risk being sentimental because at least one's poetry won't be dry … Continue reading Risk sentimentality, unless you’re as good as Thomas Lux

Good Poems: “Bluebird,” by Charles Bukowski

Just finished reading The Essential Bukowski, edited by Abel Debritto.  Ran across Bukowski's wonderful and amazing poem "Bluebird" again. The first time I read the poem, I remember thinking, oh, well this is what Emily Dickinson meant.  The poem gave me chills, made me forget what I was doing for a week, and forced me … Continue reading Good Poems: “Bluebird,” by Charles Bukowski

Rilke’s advice is still the best for poets

2016 was a decent year for me--judging by external sources.  I managed to place thirty-eight of my poems in various journals in print and online.  For those who have taken my work, I want to simply say, thank you. Validation?  Perhaps. I'm not going to lie. It's great to see one of my poems in … Continue reading Rilke’s advice is still the best for poets

Fusing Poetry and Photography into Art

Recently, I've begun collaborating with Wyoming photographer Cynthia Chase-Gray to take my poetry and her photography and fuse them into art. Cynthia is an amazing artist, a wonderful person, and her photos have allowed me to tap into my own negative capability, which for me, means moving past referential meaning and into deeper levels of … Continue reading Fusing Poetry and Photography into Art