September 12, 2014
Cloud Poem

The day came and went without poetry.

The pencil wrote “365 reasons to live”

on paper, but they never made it

to the computer. They weren’t uploaded

to a cloud of poems drifting by.

Cloud computing

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August 29, 2014
"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." - Albert Einstein

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." - Albert Einstein

August 28, 2014
"There is in writing the constant joy of sudden discovery, of happy accident."

—    H.L. Mencken

August 19, 2014

Clicking manual keys one at a time,

thoughts slow down, words appear more solidly.

The reward of a chime at the end of a line.

Love lines in one black font folded

into the mailbox slot to be hand-delivered.


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August 10, 2014
By Candlelight

Half-eaten acorns dropped on the picnic table

as I write by candlelight tonight outside

in this suburban  darkness and outdoor lighting

from neighboring backyards, and the cool breeze

turns pages of my late summer book.


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August 7, 2014
Fresh Cut

Poetry repairs. Lines cracked with the strain

of too much meaning, brittle with age.

New words, brightly-colored ideas, cutting away decay,

fresh-cut stanzas smelling of the pine air

over my head. A sky full of stars.

pine sky

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August 4, 2014
Poem Begun in Darkness

Poem Begun in Darkness

Writing late at night, alone in darkness

that is more than absence of light,

I drop into asleep at the keyboard -

awakened by sounds of coffee being made,

sunlight, soft breeze, birds and church bells.


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July 30, 2014
Thoughts of Winter in the Middle of Summer

Thoughts of Winter in the Middle of Summer

The past few days my post on Signs in Nature of Winter to Come has been one of the most read articles. That is odd. It’s still summer for almost two more months. Then there is still the wonderful autumn.

Are people already thinking about winter?

Maybe it has been hot where they are sitting at their computer and the thought of a crisp winter day sounds appealing. I will admit that I had that…

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June 30, 2014
"Writing is thought made physical."

June 28, 2014
Two Views

 ”The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector.” -Ernest Hemingway

and then there is

"All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books." -Jean-Paul Sartre

June 25, 2014
"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns … instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink."

George Orwell

June 17, 2014
"i have woven a parachute out of everything broken."  - William Stafford

"i have woven a parachute out of everything broken."  - William Stafford

June 4, 2014
Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories

Kurt Vonnegut draws for you the Shapes of Stories. 

Still need help? Okay, then here is how to write a short story.

June 3, 2014
"I often write poems in my head to distract myself during hard times. … Years ago, after a car crash, while I lay waiting for the ambulance, I actually finished a poem I had been working on, determined not to die before I had it right."

—   Linda Pastan

May 20, 2014


No, writing poetry is more like carving

wood and taking away, finding the heart

hidden inside, paring, using point and blade.

The danger comes from the dull knife.

The soft inside will be thrown away.


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