What I Read in Poetry, 2017

Each year I start off with a grand vision about what I'll read. I might actually have achieved it this time. Let's see what I read in poetry this year -- 20th Century American Poetry, edited by Conrad Aiken I learned A LOT from this little, dense book. My only complaint was that it was … Continue reading What I Read in Poetry, 2017

Wednesday’s A Moment

The water is there Kinetic Edges held static By concrete and sand The dam is loud But I cannot hear it From where I kneel On pebbled land There's a city under there Drowned Doorjambs empty Of daily homecomings I could walk The entire circumference And still feel a stranger To its clouded feelings And … Continue reading Wednesday’s A Moment

Poetry Postcard Festival goes on…

Many of you know I participated in the 2017 Poetry Postcard Festival. I already do monthly poetry postcards for my patrons, and this seemed a natural extension of this ongoing growth project of mine. We were given a list of 31 participants and their addresses. We started three days before August 1st, and mailed a … Continue reading Poetry Postcard Festival goes on…

Interview: Fida Islaih, poet

Fida Islaih is the host of PoeteerChat on Twitter each Wednesday at 7pm EST. She is the author of A to Z Poetry, Her Olives, Blossoming Heart, Smile Back, Her Treasures, and Hugs & Kisses, as well as poetry prompts, and she offers editorial services. You can find her at fidaislaih.blogspot.com. JR:  Fida, thanks so much for coming … Continue reading Interview: Fida Islaih, poet

Famous Starts with Humble Endings

It's time. It's Monday, the kids are going back to school, and the world is alternating between fire and flood. Let's do something fun. This weekend, a poetry organization suggested we memorize poems as a way to cope. Like Borges or Alice. The only stanzas I can remember are ones that begin, "“Would you like … Continue reading Famous Starts with Humble Endings