New and News

Every now and then, a writer fulfills a dream, perhaps winning a prize or meeting an admired fellow writer. Last May I received contracts for three books from three publishers. Not one, but three acceptances within weeks of each other! This was not on my dream list,...

Change, Poetry & Healing

A 30 foot tall tree fell across my yard after an intense wind storm recently. No more shade. No more home for birds, squirrels, and insects. As its broken branches stretch over dirt and leaves wilt, I mourn this once reliant neighbor. All things change, I am reminded....

What Poetry Means

  “What does your poetry mean?” asks another well-meaning reader. I stumble for a response, consider how much to say, how any answer misleads. Mine is a poetry of breath and pulse, of blood and bone in a spiral with presence. In return, I may ask, “What does your body...

Cecilia Vicuna’s Spit Temple

Every writer I know looks forward to clutching the hallmark of her achievement. A rectangular paginated object is proof of years of a verbal mind at work, the book a harvest of a writer’s dedication. We value concrete objects. We trust what we can hold and weigh in...

Live Writing

When invited to read my poetry for the 40th anniversary and new location of Living Arts in Tulsa Oklahoma September 2009, I was in the country only a few weeks from a year working in S. Korea. The artistic director and a committee of artists of various disciplines...
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