Bringing Color to Your List Poem

Although Dorianne Laux's poem, "Ode to Gray," is dedicated to Sharon Olds, for poets it stands as a unique type of list poem, a more challenging one. What Laux did was what any of us could do, and though the concept is a simple one, the execution is another matter. What you do is start …

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“The Silent Passion, the Deep Nobility and Childlike Loveliness”

Photographic memories are not necessary. A small pad of paper will do. I mean for those times when you feel a bit overwhelmed by the moment and can't put it into words --- yet. For the time being, just make a note of the camping site: the rock walls and mountain ridges and forests. The …

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“The Black Wastes of Moonless Waters”

There’s probably no more welcome expression in the English language than “do-over,” as in, “I’d like a do-over, please.” Not surprising, considering that we get almost nothing right the first time… or the second… or the third. The numbers expand as the task grows more complicated, and what is more complicated than this thing called …

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