A Blog About Writing Poetry

A Poem About the Founding of America in Harpur Palate

My poem “Vanishing Point” is currently available in Issue 16.1 of Harpur Palate. Harpur Palate is the acclaimed national literary journal published twice each year by the English Department at Binghamton University. They print poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from all over the world. Harpur Palate is supported by the Binghamton University Creative Writing program, and run by … Continue reading A Poem About the Founding of America in Harpur Palate

The Importance of Art in Difficult Times: Processing the 2016 Election

It is easy to neglect the importance of art in difficult times. During times when we are under threat, especially when the threat is greatest, it is easy to neglect art. Our focus during these times is outward, not inward. We are outraged, shocked, and saddened. We fear for our safety and for the safety … Continue reading The Importance of Art in Difficult Times: Processing the 2016 Election

3 Poetry Writing Tips for Finding Your “Triggering Town”

Many poets, including myself, struggle to find inspiration. What kinds of situations produce the best poems? Are there certain topics that are naturally more poetic than others? What conditions are best for writing poetry? As I explain below: the answers to such questions might be more complex, and more simple, than you might think. Finding … Continue reading 3 Poetry Writing Tips for Finding Your “Triggering Town”

Three Poems About Western Living in the The Adirondack Review

Three of my latest poems, “Surely Some Revelation Is at Hand,” “Intergothic,” and “Hunger Signification,” are currently available in the Fall 2016 issue of The Adirondack Review. The Adirondack Review has published poetry, fiction, essays, works in translation, visual art, photography since 2000. They are especially interested in work that references the natural sciences, but are open … Continue reading Three Poems About Western Living in the The Adirondack Review

“Letter From A Dead Girl”: A Poem About the Murder of Grace Brown in Pif Magazine

I am excited to publish a new poem in Pif Magazine, an online literary magazine that has featured fiction, poetry, and author interviews since 1995. My latest poem “Letter From a Dead Girl” is currently available in the Fall 2016 issue of the journal. What Inspired This Poem: The Murder of Grace Brown Grace Brown was a young garment factory … Continue reading “Letter From A Dead Girl”: A Poem About the Murder of Grace Brown in Pif Magazine

Hear Me Read Two Poems About the American West From My Book Familiar History

Two Poems About the American West: “Agricultural” and “The Zen of Death and Dying” These poems are older poems and have been with me for many years now. “Agricultural” recounts my experiences growing up on a ranch in rural Nevada. It melds the landscape with my memories of it to create a kind of impressionistic … Continue reading Hear Me Read Two Poems About the American West From My Book Familiar History

Poems About Pioneers and Creationism in The 2River View

  I am excited to publish two new poems in The 2River View, an online quarterly literary magazine that has featured poetry, art, and theory since 1996. The poems “Different Geometry” and “Pioneering” are currently available in issue 20.4 of the journal. The 2River View has an innovative publishing model in which authors are invited to submit an … Continue reading Poems About Pioneers and Creationism in The 2River View