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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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Five Unexpected Benefits of 30 Poems in 30 Days

This is the first year I’ve committed to writing a poem every day during National Poetry Month. So far so good! In the past, it has always felt a little gimmicky or forced. Now that I am doing it, it … Continue reading

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The Inexplicable Math of Good Poetry

Article first appeared in Poet’s Quarterly, Summer 2012. I am at no loss for information about you and your family; but I am at a loss where to begin. — Demosthenes Recently, an editor of a well-known journal posted a message … 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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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the … Continue reading

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A Poem for Winter Solstice

We lost the tungsten stream through fracturing birch limbs as we scouted by road. And (now is the time and place to admit it) we were wrong. Wrong in the way a cat miscounts or a fish is fooled by … 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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The Villanelle–A Poem Video

In preparation for the upcoming Midwest Writer’s Workshop, at which I will be privileged to get to work with poet, Kathleen Rooney, I was assigned an article to read on the villanelle form that we will be discussing. I’ve attempted villanelles before with … Continue reading

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Creating Collaborative Haiku

A while back, a good friend, poet, Joey Connelly and I thought it would be fun to collaborate on some haiku. We each wrote, five of the two parts of the haiku, dividing the poem as described by Tom Lowenstein, … Continue reading

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An Invented Poem Form

Radius, an online literary journal, says of itself: Welcome to “Radius,” an online literary journal in blog format dedicated to poetry: How poetry works, how one poem or body of poems connects to another, how poetry exists in the world. … Continue reading

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