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?
“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
"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
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
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
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
In response to Richard Gilbert's suggestion that I tell the story behind the story of my book (which is about, among other things, "becoming a writer"), I've been writing a series on poetry's influence on my development. Poetry was my first love. And although poetry is no longer my one and only literary infatuation, I… Continue reading Insight into The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens