National Poetry Writing Month 2019, early-bird poem

For this early-bird poem, I followed the napowrimo.net prompt—sort of. Instead of a self-portrait as a historical or mythical figure, I made myself the figure in a photograph I took in January 2009 of a man standing in a graveyard. Self-portrait as the unknown figure in the photograph Back turned, head down I am unaware [...]

The Lilac Years—Ebook available now!

My latest collection of poems, The Lilac Years, will be available in ePub and Kindle formats on April 30! The Smashwords edition will be available in your choice of ePub or Kindle format: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/818400. This is the version that will also be available from Apple, Barnes & Noble, and so on. The Kindle edition available from [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 30

For Day 30, I went off-prompt, as they say. Instead of the Napowrimo.net prompt to engage with a strange fact, I opted to go with the prompt posted on Chris Jarmick’s POETRYisEVERYTHING blog, which involves writing a poem of 8 to 12 lines, with the odd-numbered lines being borrowed from poems I have written over [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 29

The Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 29 is to ‘write a poem based on the Plath Poetry Project’s calendar. Simply pick a poem from the calendar, and then write a poem that responds or engages with your chosen Plath poem in some way.’ I chose to work with ‘The Rabbit Catcher’. I applied the approach from the Day 18 [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 28

The Napowrimo.net prompt for Day 28 is to ‘draft a prose poem in the form/style of a postcard.’ Imaginary postcard sent from an imaginary location to an imaginary person in an imaginary place I swear, I’ve been out here waaaay too long—ready to come back home already! And not a moment too soon— yesterday it was [...]