Poetry Friday
Thursday, 25 February 2021

Hello, Poetry Friday friends. It’s the last week of the February Poetry Project. I always have a mix of feelings as we head into the final days of this writing practice. If I’ve managed to draft a poem every day, there’s a sense of accomplishment. There’s the exhiliration of seeing the finish line ahead! But […]

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Thursday, 18 February 2021

This past week, we have been working through the saggy middle of my annual February Daily Poem Project. You may have heard novelists complain that their energy wanes midway through writing a book. That can happen with this project too. I coach participants to focus on getting a poem written without judging it. To embrace […]

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Thursday, 11 February 2021

We are nearly halfway through the 9th Annual February Daily Poem Project. For several years — in order to practice writing in community — my blog hosted a poetry project. We moved to Facebook in 2017 to accommodate the number of poets and writers who wanted to participate. 2021 Theme: Bodies Read more about this […]

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Thursday, 21 January 2021

Poetry Friday is here this week, my friends. Welcome! Scroll down to the bottom of this post and Mr. Linky will help you join the round-up of poetry links. It is Inauguration Week. As poets, we paid special attention to 22-year-old Amanda Gorman, our country’s first Youth Poet Laureate and youngest person ever to write […]

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Poetry Friday friends, do you remember the early days of the pandemic, when toilet paper was scarce? I remember sitting in the bathroom crying (everything made me cry at the beginning of the pandemic) as I counted squares, rationing TP against the potential disaster. I had to laugh when I saw that my friend Pat […]

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Friday, 8 January 2021

Do you remember the first time you read Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet “Ozymandias”? I do. The compelling, mysterious “a friend of a friend” style opening drew me into the poem. Strong visual images made me feel like I was the one standing in an empty desert, staring down at the half-buried face of a forgotten […]

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Thursday, 31 December 2020

Happy New Year to all of my Poetry Friday friends. There were many things to celebrate in 2020. For me, having our two 20-something kids living with us full time was the highlight of the year. But we all experienced losses. Loss of jobs and income. Loss of food security. Loss of plans for travel, […]

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Thursday, 10 December 2020

Happy Hanukkah, Poetry Friday friends. Our family’s celebration is bittersweet this year. Although 2020 had its joyful moments, we also experienced several transformative losses during the pandemic. Last week, we had to say goodbye to one of our dogs after an unexpected medical emergency. Many of you knew our beagle, Rudy, through my Poetry Friday […]

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Thursday, 12 November 2020

Hey, poets and readers. Quick post this week. I am working on a guest article for the website Reading Rockets. It’s going to be all about books … and dogs. Of course, I have to include a few dog poems. During the pandemic, Sam (the Schnauzer) and Rudy (the Beagle) have been joining me on […]

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Friday, 30 October 2020

Hi, poets and poetry lovers! We have two big events coming up in the next few days. Tomorrow is Halloween. (Check out this Baltimore Sun article about how Halloween was celebrated during the 1918 flu pandemic.) And, of course, Tuesday is Election Day. After the 2016 presidential election, I signed up for election judge training. […]

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