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If I want to write a poem, it has to be on a topic that I find downright fascinating. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
Bless the red-eyed, buzzing creatures for puzzling us, and for making us check our inner watches, and pay attention. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
Find a press that you can develop a long-term relationship with. Those presses are harder to find than they should be. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
Some days the poetry goes fine, some days not so fine, but one recent day was a gold mine, thanks entirely to the internet. Though there are times I just turn off the wireless rather than be tempted to google every last bit of potentially relevant detail for a line, I am so glad I kept it running. I felt like I’d been out on a fabulous shopping trip, where the end result wasn’t expensive clothes that may or may not settle well into the wardrobe, but words. Free, new, potentially ever-so-useful words. I had one piece of inspiration, based... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
Actually, old boyfriend poems could serve the purpose of getting you used to those chintzy polite slips, barely an eighth of a page, that say thanks but your poems aren’t worth so much as a quarter sheet of rejection. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2009 at The Best American Poetry
When I sit down to write poems, which isn't often enough, I like to prime the pump by reading poems that inspire me, that have playful rhythms that stick in my head like a songworm. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2009 at The Best American Poetry
This was the sloping kitchen floor. Any water spilled from the sink would collect in the hall across the room. This was the cold closet, the pantry, where Mr. Van Sickle, a 19th century owner and short man, fell into the pickle barrel during a party and drowned. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2009 at The Best American Poetry
If I were Mother Theresa’s image -- and I am not – I think I really would inhabit that Dorito. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2009 at The Best American Poetry
May this year bring you all blessings. If you have to change your passwords, may it be for a new love, not the death of an old one. May you answer a resounding "yes" when asked if you’d like to switch childhoods with your kids, and be parented by your wise, kind self. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2009 at The Best American Poetry
Am I that white that my all-time favorite rock star has no appeal for black Jerseyans? Is there something wrong with me for loving something that doesn’t seem to be loved universally? Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2009 at The Best American Poetry
Reports of the death of the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival were blessedly premature. Newark has stepped in to host the event. Hooray! Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2009 at The Best American Poetry