A Well-Loved Poet and Gatherer of People

When I moved to Laurinburg, North Carolina, in June to teach at St. Andrews University, one of the first people I met was Ronald H. Bayes read more

A former student’s passion

A former student’s passion

In five years of teaching at New School, so many wonderful people have walked into my classes, opened notebooks and laptops, and taught me. Last summer, Nora Weatherby was one of a terrific group in my nonfiction workshop at Summer Writers Colony. Since then, she has graduated from New School and further developed her Birth Narratives Oral History Project. Click to listen to a sample of the stories she is collecting and to find out what might be next.

Charles Simic

Charles Simic

 

The Invitation
We are going to serve a late lunch
For a few close friends in the garden.
We’ll start with a cold squid salad,
A pot of black and green olives, read more

Poetry&Color

Poetry&Color

A dozen readers of poetry came together at the Darien Library on Wednesday, May 18th, for the last of the eighteen monthly One Page Poetry Circles. It has been a terrific two-year run, and I sincerely thank everyone who has participated. Thank you especially, Erica Bess and Janet Davis and the Darien Library for believing in and supporting the poetry circle. I hope that poetry continues to find each of us and that we find the time to read it with others.

The Great Salvific Power

The Great Salvific Power

For my essay on sharing poetry at libraries in New York and Darien—part tribute and part lesson plan, click—The Great Salvific Power and to order the entire anthology, click on Amazon or on Topograph.

Psych and Skype

Psych and Skype

So when your son got sick and there was no diagnosis and no treatment, you read poetry.

Only part of the story, I say, the part just after the beginning. read more

Summering

Summering

Mark Atkinson’s beautiful magazine, Distinction, out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, has a small piece of mine in its Summer 2010 pages. To read, click here—Summering

Lifelines Podcast

Lifelines Podcast

from the Academy of American Poets—click here to listen