Monthly Archives: January 2019

Too Soon, Tony, Too Soon – R.I.P. Tony Hoagland (1953-2018) – Poet as Wounded Citizen

At the Galleria Just past the bin of pastel baby socks and underwear, there are some 49-dollar Chinese-made TVs; one of them singing news about a far-off war, one comparing the breast size of an actress from Hollywood to the breast size of an actress from Bollywood. And here is my niece Lucinda, who is […]

Spell bound! Looking Back at the La Romita Poetry Retreat, October 2018

In Italy IV Road shouldered by enclosing walls with narrow cobbled tracks for streets, those hill towns with their stamp-sized squares and a sea pinned by the arrow of a quivering horizon, with names that never wither for centuries and shadows that are the dial of time. Light older than wine and a cloud like […]

No Mere Visitor to this Earth! R.I.P. Mary Oliver (1935-2019)

When Death Comes When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn; when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox; when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades, I want to step through the door […]

Announcing My 2019 Ten-Day Poetry Retreat in Italy

“To Be Fished by Poetry – Writing En Plein Air” A Ten-Day Generative Poetry Writing Retreat with Richard Osler – experienced poetry facilitator and author of Hyaena Season La Romita School of Art Terni, Umbria, Italy June 22nd to July 2nd, 2019 Click here for all the details and how to register!