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

The World Imagines Rain

My poem "The World Imagines Rain" appears in the March Issue of Ink in Thirds.  Here is the complete poem: The World Imagines Rain When I begin with you I mention rain, the taste of rain falling in watered air. If the weight that forms our lives could be something the world imagines, it would … Continue reading The World Imagines Rain

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

Prose and free verse: the glass metaphor

This month I'm reading a new book,  A Prosody of Free Verse.  It's by Richard Andrews, a professor at the University of East Anglia in the UK. The book, which sells well over a hundred bucks, attempts to create a comprehensive understanding of the rhythms of free verse.  It's premise: free verse centers around the … Continue reading Prose and free verse: the glass metaphor