Famous starts, but instead of a Humble Ending, let's do another Internal Comparison. I'm taking all the starter sentences today from Edna St. Vincent Millay. I found hers harder to do than the Merwin ones. Oddly, I think this is because she is so precise in her word choice and clear in her meaning. You'd … Continue reading Famous Starts
The new year is coming, and my plans for 2020 are shouting loudly in my ear. It's like riding on a bus crammed with middle-schoolers - everyone has something they want me hear. One goal for next year is making my morning poetry time more active. Right now, I read a poem or two and … Continue reading Internal Comparison – The Goal
Do words have arcs the same way characters in stories do? Can you turn a mystery on a shibboleth? What if language was a weapon? A way to hold secrets or contain code? How does control of language enable colonialism and conquest? What does it mean to be suspicious of a language? Can you write … Continue reading Language as Story Prompt
I'm trying to wrangle my Patreon posts into a spreadsheet, and rediscovered this prose poem I wrote two years ago. I loved this one, so I figured I'd share it so you could love it, too! Lunch Counter I’m sorry to stare. I sometimes have hallucinations and can’t always tell what’s there. Just a moment … Continue reading Prose Poem
This is a limited first edition collection of twenty-three original poems. The book was printed locally in saddle-stitch binding, and I'm giddy with pride over it! Each book purchased through my Etsy shop is signed and comes with an extra bit of swag from my blackout poetry project as a special thank you.
Chronicle of Crows I'm not spatially-gifted. No one says savant or Rain Man or even any odd; I am in space, a miracle of neurology. Except for toes, especially right foot second which I've broken every year since I got my diagnosis. But I was thinking of the crows. Perhaps, fifty. Which will be next … Continue reading Chronicle of Crows
The cover for Beak, Full of Tongue is almost finished, and I wanted to show you a sneak-peek of the front design! There are still some tweaks needed, and I sent the back-copy this morning, but isn't it lovely? *swoon* This poetry collection is twice the poems of Terracotta Pomegranate, and will be available … Continue reading Cover Reveal !!
Soon, the cows will be having babies. They'll be so little and cute, curled up in the hay and chasing each other on too-long legs. As I type this, snow is falling thick and forever, weighing down the willows, curling their edges toward the ground. Here are places and ideas and stories that brought me … Continue reading Seven Joys of January
Listen! Can you hear it? That's the sound of me folding paper, cutting on the dotted line, and uncapping the glue. For 2019, I'm adding an offering to my Patreon tiers. Tiny stories in a tiny book every month. This pledge tier also gets the classic and original poetry postcard and the audio, so it's … Continue reading Tiny Stories
It's that time again! Grab a piece of paper, and let's play! Ginsberg - his Howl and the Beat movement - also gave the poetry world the American Sentence. While many of us already feel like time has contracted and condensed, so much so that one week in 2018 often feels like a month, Ginsberg's … Continue reading Famous Starts, Humble Endings