Poetry is sustenance and connection; meat and meet. Poetry has the power to illuminate the human condition. To bond crafted words and considered ideas, and, most importantly perhaps, create relationships between people. 

This is my pain, this is my beauty – I share it with you, and I connect with you through your pain, your beauty. Poetry is wings. It takes us from one place to another. It takes us to places we might not normally go. Poetry helps us feel less alone.

I have been reading poetry almost my whole life. Writing it for more than four decades. Poetry is the way that I make meaning. My published books are offerings of the mind and the heart.

Welcome to a place where you can read good poetry, find new book recommendations, and learn more about how to write your own pain, write own your beauty.

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From the notebook…..

  • The fire of autumn
    My goodness, it’s been a minute, huh? Just popping in here for a quick update. Autumn is here and that should mean that I have more time to write. More … Continued
  • How to follow a spark
    When I was a child and was naughty (not really naughty but perhaps headstrong and wayward), my father would occasionally say to me, “Are you a witch or are you … Continued
  • This end of something. This start of something.
    In the middle of last week, my very last two BRILLIANT poetry students gave their colloquia and graduate readings. I knew it was going to break my heart, but I … Continued