News Flash: Four days remain for Goodreads members to sign up for a free copy of my new book, Lost Sherpa of Happiness. If you do the Goodreads thing, you can sign up for a lightning's bolt chance here. I've spoken to the GR's Giveaway program before on these pages and have decidedly ambivalent feelings about … Continue reading For Authors, Goodreads’ “Giveaway” Program Becomes a Misnomer
The single most common question posed to poets is this: "Where on earth do you get your ideas?" One would be tempted to answer, "Poughkeepsie" or "Peru," but it's much simpler than that. A working poet who pays no mind to such myths as "block" gets his ideas from those rare bits known as "what's … Continue reading “Poems Hide”
I've written about Goodreads' Book Giveaways before. To say the least, I have ambivalent feelings. On the one hand, they're good publicity for the little guy (read: humble author) who's lost in a big jungle (read: the published world). On the other hand, the odds of winning (meaning you) are longer than a certain island … Continue reading Take the Free Book (and the Long Odds)!
As if there's not enough to think about while writing a poem -- word choice, figurative language, sound devices, etc. -- you also have to consider logic. Logic, you ask? And poetry? Sure. Science and art are not cleanly divided like church and state (supposedly) are. A poem containing an anachronism would be an obvious … Continue reading Do Licensed Deer Look Up?
Je regrette, but it's true. I play favorites among my children. No, not those children. My poetry children. What's weird is, often a published author's favorite poems are not ones that ever saw the light of poetry-published day in a journal or magazine. You will not find them on the book's acknowledgment page, in other words. … Continue reading The No-No of Playing Favorites
So your book is listed on amazon. Ho-hum. The same is true for 4,609,398,623,211 other books. Where the rubber really hits the road is when your book sits on a bookstore shelf. We're talking prime real estate, many dots beyond com, between Barnes and his distinguished brother, Noble, say, or between some Mom and some … Continue reading My Book Finds Precious Real Estate
One of the most enjoyable aspects of publishing a first book of poetry is--what else?--readers, but less obviously, it's readers' reactions to poems. Here's irony. Reading a lot about poetry, I often come across comments from experts, critics, and even other poets, spreading rumors like, "When writing poetry, you should never write about nature because … Continue reading What? I Can’t Write About This?
In the "Things I Never Thought I'd Write" Department, we have this: Today Garrison Keillor read one of my poems on his nationally-syndicated program, The Writer's Almanac. Yep. The very same Writer's Almanac I've listened to on the radio and read on-line countless times. The poem, "Snapper," tells the simple story of a snapping turtle … Continue reading Garrison Keillor Reads One of My Poems
In my last post, I shared a Czeslaw Milosz poem that seems to have echoes in many other works by many other poets. Anyone who has studied or simply read deeply of literature and mythology knows that writers' fascination with life and death leads to thoughts of the world's curious indifference to us. Yes, we … Continue reading Indifference–a Most Unexpected Angle
Many words--even simple ones--hold multiple meanings. Add connotative undertones to their pedigree and they grow even more fascinating. The word "indifferent" is such a word. Seemingly simple, there's more to it than meets the eye as I'll show in this post and the next. That's one reason why I chose to name my book The … Continue reading Czeslaw Milosz on the Indifferent World