Poetry

This is not spring and this is not a poem

April 10, 2018. Snow everywhere and it's miserably frigid. The calendar says spring arrived twenty one days ago but this is not spring. So here's a poem for questioning how things ought to be in light of how things are and vice versa. Christine Klocek-Lim’s nuanced poem, “This is Not a Poem,” is an ars poetica —… Continue reading This is not spring and this is not a poem

Poetry

12 Places to Put Poetry for National Poetry Month

For impatient people: Because poetry has made me less self-absorbed and more empathetic, you can skip my explanation of why poetry is important enough to deserve a national month celebrating it, and jump straight to the 12 places to put poetry list. Just click here . So here's the story about why poetry is so important that… Continue reading 12 Places to Put Poetry for National Poetry Month

Poetry

Muriel Rukeyser on poetry as a weapon against hate

In her 1949 book, The Life of Poetry, Muriel Rukeyser indicates what motivated her to make poems: “Writing is only another way of giving, a courtesy, if you will, and a form of love.” Rukeyser was perhaps as well known for her political activism as for her poetry. Living through the death and destruction of… Continue reading Muriel Rukeyser on poetry as a weapon against hate

Poetry, Spirituality

Epiphany: a collaborative poem for the sixth of January by Almut Furchert and me

Epiphany commemorates the visit of the Magi, or wise men who visited the infant child, whom the angels in Luke's Christmas story announced as "a Savior, Christ the Lord." They came bearing precious gifts. They were guided by a star to a divine manifestation, an awe-inspiring spiritual experience, the moment of aha—at last I see!… Continue reading Epiphany: a collaborative poem for the sixth of January by Almut Furchert and me

Poetry

Are you a poet, too?

I feel as if I've hauled my sweaty-palmed, embarrassed self to my first P.A. support group, dreading the moment...ugh..now it's my turn. Inhale. Close my eyes. Exhale. Open my eyes. Scan the room. Say it. Hi, I'm Tracy and I'm a poet. The reason this is a difficult admission for me? Often I’d prefer to be… Continue reading Are you a poet, too?

Poetry, Reading

Susan Thurston’s “Sister of Grendel”: a cultural critique of the epic hero

“And I have at last accounted for this last part of my story.” Beowulf’s voice surrounds me, and his image again appears whole before me. Beowulf the warrior reaches out his hand as if to touch me. I extend mine toward him. “Which causes more pain, I wonder. The words unsaid or the words not… Continue reading Susan Thurston’s “Sister of Grendel”: a cultural critique of the epic hero

Poetry, Reading

New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice B. Fogel on How to Explore Poetry’s Strange Terrain

"Language as a tool to manipulate both mind and heart...snapshot of the human condition; of our mortality reflected in nature; the staying of time." Alice B. Fogel Why poetry matters "Poetry will bring you significant new interactions with the world around you, with ideas and sensations, with yourself and others," poet Alice B. Fogel wrote… Continue reading New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice B. Fogel on How to Explore Poetry’s Strange Terrain

Poetry

Three Haiku After Winter

Three Haiku after Winter Swelling buds and apple blossoms emerging. Winter's stars sink westward, new hope awakens. Listening: the full stream rushes, it rejoices. Traditionally, Japanese Haiku is a form of syllabic poetry of three lines, with 5 syllables in the first, 7 in the second, and five in the third (17 syllables total). English-language poets… Continue reading Three Haiku After Winter

Poetry

How to write a Sestina in 6 (not-so-easy) steps

You want to write a fine poem, don't you? Poets.org says that the effect of a sestina, achieved through intricate repetition, is often spectacular. In a sestina, six words, repeated in a prescribed pattern, take the place of a rhyme scheme, weaving an enchanting web of sound for six, six-line stanzas plus one three-line stanza. I… Continue reading How to write a Sestina in 6 (not-so-easy) steps

Poetry

How poetry ignited a long-term online friendship: a conversation with Violet Nesdoly

  Are you interested in writing poetry, and connecting with other writers? Are you wondering whether there are any benefits to writing and reading poems? To explore these questions, I'm inviting you to eavesdrop on my long, virtual conversation with Violet Nesdoly, as we cyber-talk (or, more accurately, as we type back and forth) about… Continue reading How poetry ignited a long-term online friendship: a conversation with Violet Nesdoly