I recently had a conversation with a fellow writer about the conventional wisdom of needing to have a blog following to "build author platform." (I will always put that phrase in quotation marks. When I'm speaking, I use air quotes.) I advised him that it takes a big time commitment to read and comment on … Continue reading “GI Jive,” “Mairzy Doats” & #Tanka, too!
Debbie Richard is a fellow author published by Adelaide Books, New York. She graciously provided me with some photographs to personalize this review. My Review: Debbie Richard’s poetry collection PIVOT takes as its theme those human moments of recognition that come from connection to place, the passage of time, loss, regret, joy, and renewal--and in … Continue reading #Book Review: PIVOT
I have never been a fan of found poetry. Despite Annie Dillard's characterization of it as an "urban, youthful, ironic, cruising kind of poetry,"1 I have tended to view it as a scavenging type of affair involving perfectly good written communication cut-up, erased, and otherwise twisted about by people not clever enough to create something original. … Continue reading Finding Found Poetry
I've been reading former Poet Laureate Donald Hall's Essays after Eighty, in which he contemplates what the writing life is like for someone whose world has become circumscribed by the physical infirmities of old age, as well by the loss of his primary genre: Poems are image-bursts from brain-depths, words flavored by buttery long vowels. … Continue reading Where the Story Wants to Go