Love Poems You Wish You Had Written #4: with Walt Whitman

That’s right, Walt Whitman. He may not be as well-known for his love poems as others, and his critics might say he was too busy loving himself, but to that I counter that he loved himself no less than others, and no more. I just started going back to studying the “Calamus” section of Leaves…

Love Poems You Wish You Had Written #3: Readings by Ygor Raduy

For today’s edition of Love Poems You Wish You Had Written we have as a guest reader, Ygor Raduy who will be reading selections from both E. E. Cummings and Rainer Maria Rilke. Some days I simply cannot help but be grateful that our god in her infinite wisdom inspired Al Gore to create the…

Love Poems You Wish You Had Written #2: The Highwayman

I had the immense pleasure Sunday morning of reading a second time at the Priestly Chapel here in the tiny town of Northumberland, Pennsylvania. But I will tell you about that experience in my next post. For now, I want to skip ahead to talk about the next Poetry Under the Paintings event at Faustina’s Gallery…

Love Poems You Wish You Had Written #1: with Wendy Cope

I haven’t posted anything recently about Poetry Under the Paintings, and since I just sent out the announcement for the Valentine’s edition to my local Facebook poets and poetry lovers, I thought I’d pass along to you the video I included for them. It’s one that I recorded on YouTube three years ago, but had…

One Art, 17 Drafts

A little over a year ago I recorded again one of my all-time favorite poems, Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art.” It was part of a recurring Valentine’s Day series called “Love Poems You Wish You Had Written.” I suppose the post is worth re-reading, especially since it mentions my favorite professor and celebrates the reunion of…

Poem and Poet News Update

First the Poem News: I’m extremely happy to have my poem “Elemental” appear in the fall edition of the San Pedro River Review. You can order a copy of the journal here, with gorgeous photography by Jeff Alfier. The editors, Jeff and Tobi are wonderful, and I really like their choice of poets. If you have…