Monthly Archives: August 2019

Searching for the Poet Deborah Digges (1950-2009) – Part One of a Two-Part Series

My Amaryllis So this is the day the fat boy learns to take the jokes by donning funny hats, my Amaryllis, my buffoon of a flower, your four white bullhorn blossoms like the sirens in a stadium through which the dictator announces he’s in love. Then he sends out across the land a proclamation- there […]

Wise Words from Two Great Sages and Teachers – Pema Chodron and Jelalludin Rumi

THE ONLY REASON WE DON’T OPEN OUR HEARTS The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or safe enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and […]

The Rough-Knuckled Life and Poetry of Charles Bukowski Born on This Day 99 Years Ago!

a song with no end when Whitman wrote, “I sing the body electric” I know what he meant I know what he wanted: to be completely alive every moment in spite of the inevitable. we can’t cheat death but we can make it work so hard that when it does take us it will have […]

Heidi Garnett’s Blood Orange – An Important Poetry Collection from 2016

  Upstairs in the Study A wound is a place where light enters you. So many words, books on shelves, paper shoulders holding dust’s weight. But what is this pain I should search for again? Where is the joy in it? On the window sill an angel with wire wings plays Shostakovich’s Concerto # 1 […]

A Huge Small Poem from Greg Orr’s latest Poetry Collection

              Song of Aftermath Standing now, in a place Scrubbed raw by flood. I, who sought neither Rapture nor fracture. Now the question is: What do you do with shatter? Someone else’s map? I’d end up half-trapped; And even the best often Just guess what’s next. If I’m to […]

Registrations Open! – A Ten-Day Generative Poetry Writing Retreat in Umbria, Italy – June 11 to June 21, 2020

Poet as Diviner: Hunting the Pluck of Poetry A Ten-Day Generative Poetry Writing Retreat June 11th to June 21st, 2020 Writing “En Plein Air” with Richard Osler at the La Romita School of Art Terni, Umbria, Italy ENDORSEMENT Richard, just want to say again how amazing La Romita was. You are an extraordinary facilitator and […]