In Anticipation: 2016

2016 is still in the future. It is a prospect. A dream. One of many possibilities. I like the optimism and hope that holds hands with new things – it is untarnished, it hasn’t yet learned how to be jaded or world-weary. This is where I’m supposed to make resolutions and such, but I don’t […]

In Review: 2015

So, this year is almost gone, 2016 is almost here, and like most people, it’s time for me to take a look at what has transpired. Things forgotten, things to be remembered. I start with something I do better than talking about my own work, which is promoting the work I’ve read from others, and […]

Continuing to catch up.

So, life has been busy with Thanksgiving almost upon us. Shopping, unnatural amounts of carting the kids around, work, work, work, snow, winterizing the car, winterizing the house, snow, and so on. Add on the fact that everyone in the house has been taking turns being ill, and it’s been a long month. That said, […]

My Poetry Process: Part 4

We’ve come a long way in four weeks. When we started, all I had was a general idea about a poem inspired by “The Stars are Projectors” by Modest Mouse. This was followed by research and an initial revision. Most recently, I transformed the poem into a short-lined, syllabic piece, but was left with inconsistencies […]

My Poetry Process: Part 3

Last week I made some changes to the original poem began two weeks ago after doing some research. I then took the blocks of text and added line breaks. After that process this is what I had: The moon before, on summer nights when the day’s water was on our skin, sweat, blue, like it […]

My Poetry Process: Part 2

Last week we began a poem based on personal experience and “The Stars Are Projectors” by Modest Mouse. To refresh, here’s what we had: The moon before, on summer nights when the day’s water was on our skin, sweat, blue, like it wasn’t real, and it wasn’t real, it was just a ghost light shining […]

My Poetry Process: Part 1

So, I’m working on some new poems, and I thought I would offer a glimpse of what goes into me writing one, from start to finish. As I go, readers should see how the process of writing informs the poem, how the poem is not just some static entity we read in a book or […]