My Poem “Moments” is now available in The Spirit It Travels

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My poem “Moments” is now available as part of the anthology, The Spirit It Travels: An Anthology of Transcendent Poetry, edited by Ms. Nina Alvarez, published by Cosmographia Books. Please see the announcement of its arrival and its summary below: … Continue reading

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Resist Much, Obey Little: Five Sentence Fiction

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Lillie McFerrin posts a “Five Sentence Fiction” prompt. This week it is:BLADES “Resist much, obey little.” ― Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass Like, oh wow, one minute you’re talking about roller skating and the next minute, like, I’m seeing blades … Continue reading

Bittersweet Little Nothings: With Thanks to Marie Marshall

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Ever think you’re just howling at the moon? Imagine yourself raising your fists to the heavens? Hear desperate sounds echoing in the night and then sadly recognize them as your own words?

Invictus by William Ernest Henley

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My mother likes to say that all good things come in three’s. I’ve posted Rudyard Kipling’s If and Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata – and I think William Ernest Henley’s Invictus is a great third piece in this collection. By the way… … Continue reading

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

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Many people know the prose poem entitled Desiderata – which means “desired things” in Latin. But if you don’t, please take a moment to read it through.

If by Rudyard Kipling

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Although a little preach-y, maybe even a little Polly-anish, and certainly something way out of my reach, I get consolation, hope, and inspiration from these words… It may be that someone else may benefit today from them, too.

Meanwhile, On Some Distant Marble, Playing Pool with the Universe

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If you haven’t started following, or at least reading, Whimsygizmo’s poetry, please try clicking here. I find myself inspired to write my own poems spinning out from her works.

On John Ashbery’s “As One Put Drunk into the Packet-Boat”

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So hopefully you have read yesterday’s post “As One Put Drunk into the Packet-Boat” by John Ashbery (click here to read it) as today I post my response to his poem…                   … Continue reading

Lost Inside of Rembrandt’s Poem: Self-Portrait with Two Circles (1660) – Reason 2 Rhyme “Tribute”

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kbnelson’s Reason2Rhyme Poetry Prompt – “Tribute” Ms. Nelson’s prompt for this week is: write a poem to or about someone you admire. You don’t have to personally know them to pay tribute to them. Write a poem honoring one of … Continue reading

One Can Miss Mountains by Todd Boss

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One of my favorite poems is by Todd Bass. I have reprinted his “One Can Miss Mountains” here from The New Yorker Magazine of May 8, 2008. It never ceases to move and amaze me. I love reading it out … Continue reading

The Trifle on My Wall: kbnelson’s Reason 2 Rhyme Poetry Prompt 8-13-12

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kbnelson’s Reason 2 Rhyme Poetry Prompt – “Trinkets” August 13, 2012. Write a poem about (or to!) an inanimate object that has little or no monetary value.                           … Continue reading

One of my favorite poets is e e cummings

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One of my favorite poets is e e cummings He has influenced much of my writing. And “in Just-” is one of my favorites. And while I know it’s summer – a little late to be posting this poem – … Continue reading

Piano Slam 4

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Piano Slam 4 was an entirely novel and wonderful event showcasing middle and high school poets performing their own poetry in conjunction with professional dancers, a poetess/performer, pianists, and a DJ. You can read about Piano Slam by clicking this link. … Continue reading

More Billy Collins

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We’re back again with more Billy Collins! If you missed our first blog – we reprinted his Introduction to Poetry on  May 12. Inspired by him so much, we are moved to post him again. This time with him reading … Continue reading

Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins

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one of my favorites… Introduction to Poetry       Billy Collins I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide or press an ear against its hive. I say drop a mouse into … Continue reading

Some poems are well over my head…

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Too difficult. Though I don’t like admitting it. I research words and phrases. Sometimes they are way too personal. I read them again seeking small parts to take away and smell, or hold up to light, maybe try to taste … Continue reading

Ramble in the Fields….

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guys just got to have fun…Cyndi. kick off your Sunday shoes; please pull me off a my knees; get back before we crack; lose your blues…       Kenny Loggins, Dean Pitchford Let’s have some fun and ramble…. ********************************************************************************* I’m just sitting … Continue reading