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

The Hobby Horse I Ride (Billy Collins, too!)

When I was in graduate school, there were two types of people in the English Department: Lit People and Writing People. The Lit People breathed the rarefied air of theory, while the Writing People were pretty much viewed as the idiot savants of the department: Awww, isn't that sweet. You wrote a lit-tle po-em. Bless … Continue reading The Hobby Horse I Ride (Billy Collins, too!)

A Poem for Election Day

When I ran across this poem a couple of months ago, it reminded me of the intercessory prayer my dad would say during Sunday services for leaders in government. I thought it would be appropriate to post for Election Day in the United States. I've turned off comments, as I expect this week to be … Continue reading A Poem for Election Day