Category Archives: poetry

Seamus Heaney’s Home Place

Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of visiting a small museum dedicated to Seamus Heaney.  Located in Bellaghy in Ulster, “home” place is exactly the right term for this very special place.  Museums don’t have to be large to … Continue reading

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Writing and the “T” word

A week into our new presidency and I’m inundated by writing about our new president–on Facebook, on blogs, in poems, in short prose pieces–in other words, just what our new president wants:  attention. I have purposely not written about our … Continue reading

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When Will My Poem Be Finished? How Will I Know?

Sometimes, I think writing poetry is both a blessing and a curse.  Only poets would spend hours wrestling over a word or a supposedly simple sentence.  We must be crazy. After agonizing for days, weeks, maybe even months, are we satisfied?  No, … Continue reading

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Back in the Land of the Living

I may have been on hiatus for six weeks, but, happily, it’s been for a good cause—writing.  I spent the first part of the year preparing extensively for the visit of Jeffrey Levine, founder of Tupelo Press, poet extraordinaire, and mentor to … Continue reading

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September opportunity for poets

As Tupelo Press’ 30/30 project winds down this week, I’ve been keeping up with the generative work process of writing a poem a day. I focused on time this month–how it’s rigid and flexible at the same time, how we perceive it, and … Continue reading

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Last week of the 30/30 project

The month has flown by and we are now in the last week of the 30/30 project and I miss it already.  I have no idea where it’s all leading, but I find the camaraderie and the deadline and the pressure … Continue reading

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The 30/30 Project Continues

Here I am on day 12, still writing.  I wrote a blog post for Linda Barnett-Johnson’s blog on the subject:  http://lindabarnett-johnson.blogspot.com/2015/08/generating-new-work-tupelo-press-3030.html.  I already feel more able to “just write”.  We’ll see if it lasts the full 30 days or whether … Continue reading

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30/30 project: it begins!

Well, we’re off and running.  One month, a poem a day (not sure if we’ll stop at 30 or go on to 31).  I’m about to send in my first poem and I’ve decided to try to write a series … Continue reading

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poetry marathon: the 30/30 project

30/30 Project:  Starting on August 1, I have committed to writing a poem a day for the month.  This 30/30 project is run by Tupelo Press and gives the participants an opportunity to generate new work within a small community … Continue reading

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The prose-poetry connection

Image from: http://sttpl.blogspot.com/p/comprehension.html Where does prose end and poetry begin?  And vice versa?  Or does it matter?  A couple of years ago, I wrote a whole book of prose poetry/flash fiction called Meditation on Woman, seeking to straddle the prose-poetry continuum … Continue reading

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