#Bookreview: Doll God

My Review Doll God, Luanne Castle’s award-winning debut poetry collection, can best be described in terms of the water imagery that appears throughout. Some poems lap at the lakeshore of sensory experience, while others plumb the ocean depths of metaphor. A prominent theme in the collection is the nature of artistic inspiration, in all its … Continue reading #Bookreview: Doll God

“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!

A Christmas Eve Poem: Children Singing in Latin

The Inspiration I wrote this poem several years ago after attending Christmas Eve services with my brother and his family. (I'd been away from the Church for a while.) The purity of the children's voices singing in Latin behind me left me so awestruck I was afraid to turn around. *from St. Luke's Facebook Timeline, … Continue reading A Christmas Eve Poem: Children Singing in Latin

#Bookreview: November Weather Spell

Review of November Weather Spell I bought Robert Fillman’s debut poetry chapbook, November Weather Spell, on the strength of his poem “The Blue Hour,” which I first read in the literary magazine Ninth Letter. The blue hour of the poem’s title refers to the extra hour of dusk gained when the clocks are set back … Continue reading #Bookreview: November Weather Spell