War & Peace in 14 Lines

Sometimes I don't pull books off the shelf to read in the conventional sense. Sometimes I pull them to simply read a page or two, an essay, a single poem. This past weekend, the one we designate to gratitude, I happened to pull Brian Turner's 2005 book of poems, Here, Bullet. Opening the book randomly, …

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The Yellow Bus of Marketing

Polishing, polishing, polishing. Revision's the thing. The best part of writing poetry, too. But what happens when you put your little children on the big yellow bus? It's tough, let me tell you, watching ten new poems--your babies, noses pressed to the window--as the bus pulls away. The schools are far away. The poems will …

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Random Thoughts: The Gratitude Edition

Some random thoughts before people wake up in this house and the madness of Thanksgiving begins: First of all, I won't bore you with the usual thankfulness for family and friends and health and roofs over one's head. Whoops. Has anyone else noticed the rise in comfort food consumption (CFC) since the electoral college's election …

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Poets: Damn Quirky Readers

When it comes to reading poetry, I admit to a few quirky habits. Let's start with reading a collection. I'll use as an example Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, a book I picked up because it had won some awards (the Gratitude Awards or something). First, the ritual I go through before I read …

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