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.


From the notebook…..

  • Elusive Balance
    The seasons in Alaska make balance particularly elusive. Winter is dark, cold, and interior. Summer is bright light, intense, and frantically exterior. Case in point, gardening. First weekend in May … Continued
  • Who gets to write about it?
    It’s always good to examine your strong emotions. Recently, I’ve read two poems that feature Alaska written by poets that have only visited for less than a week. Two poems … Continued
  • Grateful for an open door
    If you follow me on social media, you know that fairly regularly I throw up a plea that people who run conferences or reading series or just any old writerly … Continued