How It Ought to Be

I have been meaning to post about this for a while now, but during these variously difficult times, one gets caught up in it all and lets certain important events be eclipsed by the news reels, the work load, the anxiety, the stress. Let’s promise each other not to let that happen, but instead take…

Through the Dark

My son Micah and I have been working on a manuscript for some time. It’s received a few glowing rejections from publishers, but we’re hopeful that it will find a home soon. Each of us has had a few pieces from the chapbook published in literary magazines and journals so far. This one found it’s…

Edgar Allan Poe Meets Stevie Nicks

I originally published post this back in February of 2014, but since today is Poe’s birthday, I thought it would be a good time to update some of the information (the old video was a bad link) and sing a song for him again. Although she is a classy, gorgeous woman, I am not sure…

Two Moon Poems

Erin, a former coworker of mine, sent an Instagram message to me this week. It was a photo of my first chapbook, open beside a cup of hot cocoa or maybe coffee. Ah, an Insta-share! Be still, my heart. She told me how, after settling into her new home in Philadelphia, she ordered my book…

Thursday Love Poem, Valentine’s Edition: Embarrassing Old Videos

Already it’s time again for a Thursday Love Poem. It’s a weird and slightly random feature—I don’t do it every Thursday. Generally, the TLPs are a little off from what you might normally consider a love poem, so if we’re going to be puritans about it, not all of the following poems quite fit the…

A & A Sample: Stafford and “Stray”

Sometimes when a poem gives birth to another poem, we honor the original poet in the title. It may even be titled the same but with “After Robert Frost,” or whomever, tagged on. Other times the new work calls for a different title altogether, but the original poet is recognized in an epigraph, a quote…