Who Is That Distinguished Dog?

Why, Mr. Johnson, of course! I am very excited to share that my Siberian Husky, Robert Johnson, will be appearing in artist Sue Clancy's upcoming book Professional Dogs. Sue is one of my very favorite bloggers.  I love her artwork, her creative process, and her generosity of spirit, which comes through in everything she does. … Continue reading Who Is That Distinguished Dog?

“GI Jive,” “Mairzy Doats” & #Tanka, too!

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!

#Book Review: PIVOT

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

Finding Found Poetry

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