Friday, May 30, 2008


I am recovering from surgery, and hopefully as soon as I'm feeling stronger I will begin reading the submissions for Autumn Sky Poetry. A few more days at the most, I'm hoping!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Poem Spark May 26-Jun 9: Narrative Poems

Greetings and Salutations!

Narrative poems are among the oldest of forms of poetry, if not the oldest. Long before the written word was invented, people told stories to each other, often using rhyme and rhythm to help remember the story so it could be told over and over, and through the centuries, poets have been using narrative to tell a story in verse. Granted, the modern version of narrative poems can take many forms: prose poems, blank verse, free form, and many other devices can be used to convey a sense of plot and tension. Some of my favorites:

Chaucer The Canterbury Tales

Homer The Illiad

Carolyn Forché For the Stranger

Dorianne Laux Tooth Fairy (Since Dorianne is the Guest Poet at discussion forum for the next two months, we have the rare opportunity to ask her questions about this poem.)

Your mission for this poem spark: Write a narrative poem. It doesn't need to be long or complicated; it just needs to tell a story. Good luck!


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I've been under the weather

hence the lack of new posts the past few weeks. There will probably be a dearth of new posts for the next few weeks as well, but hopefully once I am feeling better things will get back to normal.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Submission Call for Autumn Sky Poetry

I will be reading for the June 2008 issue of Autumn Sky Poetry during the last week of May and the first week of June. Please submit no more than four poems in the body of an email to:

For the complete submission guidelines, go here.

I look forward to reading your work. Thank you.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

I am afraid of heights

because, you know, death happens when your head explodes after a long fall from a high place. So, how is this in any way a good idea?

El camino del Rey

Thursday, May 01, 2008

poem in Flutter!

A poem of mine is up in the May issue of Flutter Poetry Journal. Go check it out. I was particularly happy to have this poem accepted; I'd submitted it before and was usually disappointed. I'm so glad it found a home. Many thanks to the editor, Sandy, for the opportunity.

While you're at it, check out my friends' work there, too. Annie Bien, Bebe Cook, and John Vick all have poems in this issue. And the artwork by Jim Fuess is superb.