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

A useful difference between simile and metaphor

We've all heard it many times before--similes compare two things through the use of "like" or "as," while metaphors identify one thing as another.  Consider these two examples: My love is like an open sky (simile). My love is an open sky (metaphor). Admittedly, these examples are trite, sentimental, and wouldn't stand a chance of … Continue reading A useful difference between simile and metaphor

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