Category Archives: Poets I Really Like

A Wellspring of Poetry Happenings

Ohio Poetry Association Anthology Launch Party On April 16, at Bexley Library in Bexley, on the eastern edge of Columbus, the Ohio Poetry Association held the launch party and reading for its first anthology, Everything Stops and Listens, edited by … Continue reading

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Borderlands Reading

In mid-March, I was invited by Mark Sebastian Jordan, curator of the newly created monthly poetry event, Borderlands, at Main Street Books in Mansfield, Ohio, to read poetry along with Columbus poet, Andy Roberts.  The event and the venue were … Continue reading

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Five Lessons from Ohio Poets

Sometimes, “sitting alone in a room and wrenching it out of yourself” as Jon Winokur wrote in the introduction to his book, Advice to Writers, is not enough. So, I jumped at the opportunity to go to the free—did I … Continue reading

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Weeding as a Source of Poetic Inspiration

I am pleased to have my poem, Weeding, currently featured in Repeat Poetry. It originally ran in Waccamaw Literary Journal. I like what Repeat Poetry does, which is to breathe new life to previously published work. It’s a site well worth following. The … Continue reading

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Tension in Poetry

Tension is a word my thesis advisor, Angie Estes, introduced me to the first semester I studied with her at Ashland University a few years ago. She would write things on my submissions like, “doing [this or that] might enable … Continue reading

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The Poetry of Maintenance Manuals

Years ago, I started my writing-for-pay career as a technical copywriter, delving into something I knew nothing about—an industrial line of pumps for the waste treatment, oil and gas, and food industries. It might not sound very glamorous, but to … Continue reading

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Using the Polyptych in Poetry—Levis’ Winter Stars

A book of poetry I enjoy so much and go back to often is Larry Levis’ Winter Stars. From the first moment I read it, I was drawn into the beauty of the poems and into their honesty. There is … Continue reading

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A Look at Prose Poetry — An Introduction to the Prose Poem, edited by Brian Clements and Jamey Dunham

I was introduced to prose poetry several years ago by the wonderful prose poet, Jamey Dunham. I met him in a poetry class I took at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. In 2008, Dunham won Salt Publishing, Ltd.’s prestigious … Continue reading

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Poet, John Siddique—What it Means To Be Human

A few years ago I happened onto the work of British poet, John Siddique—a serendipitous discovery through Facebook. Originally, I came across the name of Chris Hamilton-Emery, an accomplished poet himself and one of Salt Publishing Limited’s director’s. I recognized … Continue reading

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Purchasing a Rose at Grolier Poetry Book Shop

Buying a Rose Recently I reread the only book of poetry purchased on my 2005 pilgrimage to Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Cambridge, MA—Diane Wakoski’s  Argonaut Rose (The Archaeology of Movies and Books). My adventure getting to Grolier is a story … Continue reading

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