In the midst of this national crisis of fake news, disinformation and pathological lies, it is an honor to have my poem, Just The Facts, published by The Turnip Truck(s) Writers Resist series. This poem was first read at the Arlington, VA Writers Resist reading. In this rather dark poem, brevity speaks to our processing of the bombardment of ‘information’ that we endure on a daily basis.
In a comment on their Facebook page, the editor describes the poem saying that it “cleverly reflects our unsettling, distorted political reality”. That certainly is what I intended.
Many thanks to Indolent Books for including my poem, The Breakdown Of All Things, in their What Rough Beast series.
The poem begins,
Priests of old gods tell us
that we need a moral compass,
You can read the rest of it here.
Sign up is now available for my workshop: Writing Poetry for Resilience and Resistance. Here are the details:
Time: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 4/2 and 4/9
Location: The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815
Writing political poetry is an act of bravery, and a potent tool for social and political change. In this workshop, we will examine current and historic examples of this genre as well as use writing prompts to talk about ways in which we can make our own work more powerful. Resources for publishing and presenting politically informed work will also be discussed. If you have already written work in this genre, please bring a sample of your own poetry. It does not have to be a polished piece, we will be workshopping these poems, so this is an opportunity to get feedback on work that is in progress. Please also bring a political poem written by someone else, we will be discussing how these poems do and do not work and why.
This will be a wonderful opportunity for those who want to use their creative voice to speak up in this time of political dis-ease, even if you have never done so before.
Also please note, the workshop again this summer on the evening of June 6 and 13. I’ll post the information for that registration when it is available.
Thanks to GFT Press for including two of my poems, Furies On An Airless Night, and Tea Drinking Before Eulogy in the first Ground Fresh Thursday of the year. 2 additional poems will appear in their spring print addition, stay tuned.
Thanks so much to everyone who came out for the reading at the Writer’s Center despite the icy weather! It was a great afternoon and it was fun to see so many friendly faces!
Many thanks to my son for taking this great picture.
Many thanks to Indolent Books for publishing my poem, Patriotism Reconsidered as part of their Transition Poems project in response to the election. This is how it starts:
My anthem is the serenade of birds…
Click the link for the rest of the poem.
The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD is celebrating it’s 40th birthday on Saturday December 17 from noon-5pm. I’ll be reading several of my poems as part of the Reading that will begin at 3:30 in the theater. If you’re in the DC area, please join us, should be a terrific afternoon.
Many thanks to HaikuUniverse for publishing an haiku that I wrote recently while waiting in an exam room at the doctor’s office and gratitude also to Morgen Bailey for publishing a few of my 6 word stories.
Many thanks to Columbia Journal for publishing five of my poems, If Unencumbered (The Story Of A Life That Did Not Happen), Self-Destruction:, Sepia Legacy, What Can’t Be Buried, and You Are Who I’ll Become.
In honor of National Poetry Month, River Poets Journal has posted a group of pocket poems and I am honored to have my poem 5:04 Ante Mediem included in this lovely collection.
I am also grateful to Katie Woodzick for recording my poem, Unicorn,
and to Kristin LaTour for reading my poem, The Lilies Were In Bloom, which received an Honorable Mention in Waterline Writers’ Artists as Visionaries Climate Change: Solutions contest, at the opening of the Climate Crisis art show at Water Street Studios in Batavia, IL.
Finally, the teen writing club that I facilitate at the Gaithersburg, MD library, celebrated National Poetry Month by putting up a wall of poetry at the library. These young writers are so impressive and I am grateful to the library for letting us use a wall to display their wonderful work, including a collaborative poem that we wrote during our last workshop session.