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          • Writing poetry is a chance to give yourself an authentic life instead of an excuse.

            ~Brendan Galvin

          • To me, poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.

            ~Galway Kinnell

          • It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.

            ~Diane Ackerman

          Why do I write and read poetry?

          Poetry is meat and meet. Sustenance and connection. Poetry has the power to illuminate the human condition. To bond crafted words and considered ideas, and, most?importantly perhaps, create relationships between people. This is my pain, this is my beauty – I share it with you, and I connect with you through your pain, your beauty. Poetry is wings. It takes us from one place to another. It takes us to places we might?not normally go. Poetry helps us feel less alone.

          Welcome to a place where you can read good poetry, find new book recommendations, and learn more about how to write your pain, write your beauty.

          Most musings?will fall into the following three categories:

          • Treasures – poems, usually from whatever poetry collection I’m currently reading, or perhaps just some wonder that I’ve stumbled over and want to share.
          • Bindings – fuel for writing or reading poetry, short explorations of a poetic technique, or commentary on a poetics book, or a link to some information that will enrich the writing and reading of poetry.
          • The Journey – musings on the writing life, including how writing good poetry might be a lot like living a good life. (Your definition of “good” as welcome as my own.)

          Mind the gap

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          Writing, like any complex skill, is an accretion of layers of experience and learning. Writing well is an mixture of a lifetime of reading deeply and widely; years of study, including apprenticing yourself... READ MORE

          Casting Deep Shade

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          I gave myself permission to devote myself for the weekend to one book. To be within it while the snow fell and then another front pushed in rain. To keep turning pages, stopping... READ MORE

          Ursula Le Guin and Eagles

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          I begin to think the eagles in the tree outside my window are channeling Ursula Le Guin. When I read her essays in Words Are My Matter, the eagles trumpet from their perches... READ MORE

          On a different day

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          “We live in a strange time, so the question at the heart of the matter is pretty simple. Do we respond to fear with exclusion and negative projection and violence? Or do we... READ MORE