Find Your Own Voice

Life, poetry in general is about experience and language. How you present this rare magic is key. The writer or poet is not an expert. It’s how you present it. In other words? Each God is a God and each man is a man or for that matter woman. A line is a line and…

    “They have lost the metaphysical sense Of the future, they feel themselves The end of a chain Of lives, single lives And we know that lives Are single And cannot defend The metaphysic On which rest The boundaries Of our distances.” ~ George Oppen

Poetry Is …

  Poetry is not something scattered like the wind, but an individual journey for the writer. A path, and not a competition. What is written is the truth of the poets life. Which is like a religion, sacred to that person.   ~ R.M. Engelhardt

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Happy Birthday, Percy Bysshe Shelley Born 4 August 1792, died 8 July 1822:     Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds. What is life? Thoughts and feelings arise, with or without our will, and we employ…

Every Age …

  “Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry.” ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

Why Is Contemporary American Poetry So Good?

Why Is Contemporary American Poetry So Good? By  Seth Abramson {NB: Below is my response, as a poet, to an article published earlier today in the Washington Post entitled “Why Is Modern Poetry So Bad?”, which itself was a response to an article published online last week, in the July 2013 issue of Harper’s, entitled…

Advice From Baudelaire

Relate comic things in pompous fashion. Irregularity, in other words the unexpected, the surprising, the astonishing, are essential to and characteristic of beauty. Two fundamental literary qualities: super-naturalism and irony. The blend of the grotesque and the tragic are attractive to the mind, as is discord to blasé ears. Imagine a canvas for a lyrical, magical farce,…