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Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Tonight’s Dinner Companions

you, old poet, gone, whose lines I often
say aloud against the ocean’s constant shush

April 12, 2023 · 25 Comments

James Davis May: Portuguese Man-of-War

Look at this one,
its sail translucent, its inky tentacles
taut as a line of verse. After the thing dies,
they go on, stinging whatever touches them.

April 6, 2023 · 6 Comments

David Kirby: Taking it home to Jerome

Everything else was to come, everything about love:
the sadness of it, knowing it can’t last, that all lives must end,
all hearts are broken.

February 2, 2023 · 5 Comments

Louise Hawes: My muse at seventy-something

My muse is fast; her legs, long, relentless,
churn like propellers. She seldom stops to
explain where we’re going.

September 17, 2022 · 14 Comments

Doug Anderson: What if I wrote a poem

About being seventy-seven
and trying not
to speculate how long I’ve got left

July 5, 2022 · 13 Comments

Sharon Fagan McDermott | Fragments: An Ars Poetica

within the word “ventriloquist,”
there’s “trout” and “rust” and “silver”

April 4, 2022 · 5 Comments

Paul Christensen: Portrait of the Artist | James Dickey

He liked one phrase especially, “every word is a sunken Atlantis.” It said a lot about the way poetry functioned –every word in lyric was attached to a root mass of meanings, associations, feelings.

March 27, 2022 · 6 Comments

Sean Sexton: Poem Letter to Rick Campbell

A soft-spoken vision runs their gamut
to the end of your pages, a universe far away from mine, yet, by your
gifts, remains within reach as the ruckus of the interstate in the distance
when the wind is out of the West on such a morning as this.

February 10, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: Stephen Dobyns | Interview on the Craft of Poetry

An interview with the poet, novelist and essayist Stephen Dobyns on the craft of poetry. Conducted by Carol Frost, the interview took place in August, 1997 at the Catskill Poetry … Continue reading

January 30, 2022 · 1 Comment

Baron Wormser: Once

I was a candle
Carried upstairs downstairs
One room to another

December 14, 2021 · 5 Comments

Annie Finch: How poetry casts a spell through the rhythmic magic of metre

Dactylic is a rolling, generous metre that people often find useful for accessing emotions and compassion.

December 3, 2021 · 2 Comments

Dawn Potter: Heat Wave

a squirrel is hurling insults, and beneath his screeches the cicadas
insist and sigh, insist and sigh, unmoved by his grandiloquent snit.

September 13, 2021 · 8 Comments

Video: Michael Simms reads five poems of joy and acceptance

Imagine being so in love
The mistakes you make
Keep you on the ground
Imperfect and happy

August 28, 2021 · 21 Comments

Doug Anderson: Negative Capability

…art that honors the art and artist as well as its content, and apprehends it as more than its socio-political reality. Art is hard to do and not everybody can do it. It is not merely a pretext for theory.

July 23, 2021 · 4 Comments

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