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Santa Barbara Poetry Series, April 14, 2012

Each year, during April, Santa Barbara Poetry Series organizer, poet,  Carol DeCanio invites poets with a first book to read at a reading event that takes place in the captivating Contemporary Arts Forum in the Paseo Nuevo Mall, a downtown center … Continue reading

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Listening to Marcus Speh Read His Own Work

Since I recently posted about writer’s reading their own work, I am sharing a link to writer, Marcus Speh’s engaging website and podcasts. The short fiction pieces are enchanting and the readings are mesmerizing and beautiful. He also reads from the … Continue reading

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Tips on How to Read Poetry Aloud

For several weeks during the fifth grade our teacher read aloud to us from The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. She read right after lunch, so I would rush from home back to school after eating to get settled in … 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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Osage Orange Tunnel

Osage Orange Tunnel

You can stand at its entrance and see
hundreds of bows, the bow trees arching
holding cows at bay, the hedge
mainstay of first farmers. So complete
the interlock, the large fruit,
heavier brother—more orange
textured than apple. More green-
apple colored than orange. Orange
rooted and firm, more branch-bowed
than straight, more arch-like,
like two lines of soldiers
rifle-crossed for a bride-walk
or for early morning
hikers awe-struck.

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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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Originally posted on Reprint Poetry:
Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas, take your next trip in kilometers. ~George Carlin Tran# 237612 December 20, 2008 Just as I begin to pump my gas I look down and realize I am…

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“Margot” from W. B. Yeat’s manuscript

–from Ah, Sweet Dancer, W. B. Yeats/Margot Ruddock, A Correspondence Edited by Roger McHugh.

One of my treasured old books!

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it … 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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