Category Archives: Poetry

Poetry Reading Review: Thomas Lux

I went to see Thomas Lux read the other night at Smith College.  I haven’t read much Lux before and I don’t know much about him, so I didn’t know what to expect.  I figured it’s the last night of … Continue reading

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Ekphrasis

When writing an ekphrastic poem, it’s never enough to simply describe a scene; one must inhabit it.  And to inhabit a scene is to be there as a living being who is a creature in and of time, not removed … Continue reading

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Summer Reading

It’s been good reading this summer.  Here are some of the books I’ve enjoyed spending time with: This World by Teddy Macker Immortal Medusa by Barbara Louise Ungar Small Songs of Pain by Patricia Fargnoli The Crafty Poet by Diane … Continue reading

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Poetry Resources

I am sometimes asked to recommend resources for students of poetry and for poets looking to hone their craft (or pull out of a rut).  Collected here are just some of the books and links that I have found particularly … Continue reading

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Overwrite/Underwrite

  A strategy I’ve found helpful when working with a recalcitrant poem at any stage is to overwrite/underwrite. The idea is this: take the problem poem and pump up the volume—write in all the little details you left out because … Continue reading

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The Troubled Speaker

I keep coming back to a statement by Robert Bly that “every poem has to have images and ideas and some sort of troubled speaker” (Turkish Pears in August).  The notion of a troubled speaker captured my attention right away.  … Continue reading

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Notebook Excerpts

I have a growing desire to write in three dimensions, to sculpt text rather than paint it.  To use words as mixed media.  More shadow and space where mystery can rush in.  To manipulate poetry, to construct it (not so … Continue reading

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