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Poetry. Visual Art. Random thoughts.
What's Been Published!
Days as a Bartender Pay Off!
My poem "Barkeep's Morning" received Honorable Mention in the Poetry category in the Wisconsin Writers Association 2019 Jade Ring contest. I'll post the link when it goes live...
"All Things Considered" Considered This
Because April was Poetry Month, NPR's "All Things Considered" show asked poets to tweet their work in which meant we could use no more than 140 characters. I sent in a poem and it was accepted!
"We loved your poem! And we’d love to record you reading it," the producer wrote to me. But I didn't check my emails during the busy Easter weekend and missed the opportunity to record it. Darn it! Lesson learned. Here's the poem:
Gravity yanks all mass down. Rockets. Balls.
I expected you to tether me but you let go.
A slingshot spasm. A slap of sky.
It Began With Three Words
This poem began with three words supplied by 3Elements Literary Review as a challenge to poets and ended for me with a new understanding of a relative's long ago suicide. And 3Elements accepted the poem. Here is a link to this beautifully curated publication. You'll find my poem "After You Left" on page 45.
what editors say ...
You have a lovely, clear voice that rings true for the reader.
I love this poem. My girlfriend and I will only wear black when we eat out.
-- Michelle Hartman, Editor of Red River Review
Your poems show a side of and take an angle on Ritual that is unique among our submissions, and we think they would be an excellent addition to the Issue.
-- Troy Payne, Editor of Lantern Journal
These concrete details are lovely; their settings stronger still. Your understanding of how to move a piece forward, how to give it motion, is a true strength.
-- Judge from Sustainable Arts Foundation
Thanks for sending us your work, and we’ll be very pleased to include it in one of our poetry issues. I’m thrilled to be able to include your work.
-- Dr. Christopher Todd Anderson, Guest Poetry Editor, The Midwest Quarterly
wHAT i'VE BEEN DOING...
Not Very Quiet launched their on-line literary journal in March 2019 and I traveled to Australia to celebrate its launch there. Here's me reading As the World Turns. Such a warm writing community! htps://not-very-quiet.com/2019/03/13/as-the-world-turns/
What I've Been Stitching...
Moroccan Blue Fabric
I'm in love with the color and light of Morocco. I took closeup photos of walls and sculptures and have been re-imagining them with stitches. I print the photos on fabric and see what opportunities emerge for embellishments. Thread, beads, stuffing, who knows what...
what readers say ...
Lyrical and sensitive …
-- Jayshree M. Tripathi
I really enjoyed this uplifting poem which celebrates the power of the perfect shoe.
-- Pamela Newham
I love this, and I really relate to the torn feelings you so eloquently shared.
-- Stephanie Gagos