February 11, 2014

Let’s Live and Show—and Be—!

It could be mother’s milk and mating—nothing more, the spoil before the storm— or else the father’s fall from grinning—grasping after rungs where money’s climbing— it […]
August 9, 2013

The 11 Steps to Poetic Stardom

1. Think of a tragic life event, such as death or loss of cable. 2. Liken said event to a cataclysmic natural disaster, right after you […]
June 18, 2013

If I cajole a prayer

if i cajole a prayer from smoke-damp, soporific air, and hush then, bowing head as clinging, hand in hand, to faith— there stumble words from tongue […]
December 20, 2012

Sitting with Emily

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately poring over Emily Dickinson’s work. I’ve written about her style and influence before, but haven’t adequately addressed it […]
September 26, 2012

The Story of Rhyme

The poet’s greatest treasure is a foundry of words, carved into the core of his or her being. But foundries run dry on occasion and production […]
August 19, 2012

Fireflies Fly

Fireflies fly and it to them imputed is a soaring glow and random wile What crests in fairy farce and children’s smiles the waking eye; But […]
May 31, 2012

White Chickens and the Art of Poetry

I often have friends who read my writing and ask: “What’s your inspiration?” It’s a fair question, but not one easily answered. I considered it recently […]
February 29, 2012

A Revisitation: Frock and Collar

In the name of my Father I crawled the thorny path, My rosary greased from Palms and praying By the churchyard door; And of the Son […]
January 9, 2012

Prayer (in honor of Gerard Manley Hopkins)

Swing-swang the minutes sung, by thirsting hours cursing done; and I have half a life to do! On, son, on and think not on a thought […]