Tag Archives: Poetry

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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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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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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“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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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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Reading the Complete Works of Shakespeare—Shakespeare for Life

A few weeks ago, I happened to read about this event in the Dayton Daily News and thought it was wonderful! Dayton based theater company, Free Shakespeare, is sponsoring a reading of the complete works of William Shakespeare at an event called Shakespeare … Continue reading

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Chant/koming—The Short—Very Short—Life of a College Literary Journal

Years ago, as an undergraduate at Bethel College in Mishawaka Indiana, I was named– Ok, I named myself–the editor of the brand new literary journal, Chant/koming. I may possess the only copy of Chant/koming in existence. It says it’s Volume Two, … Continue reading

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Avoiding Publishing Negativity by Joey Connelly, Guest Blogger

We try and try, don’t we?  Being a poet requires the sacrifice of several virgins, and we, despite advanced educations and countless hours questioning the validity of each comma, keep at it, submitting to any journal that has even a … Continue reading

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My Top Ten Favorite Poetry Podcasts

These podcasts are why I go for long walks every evening.  All are free and available on iTunes.  You can listen to them through iTunes on your computer so you don’t have to own an iPod; although, why wouldn’t you?  1. … Continue reading

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