William Shakespeare Is Now Following You

So this happened. I checked my email to see the following notification: “William Shakespeare is now following you on Twitter!”  Correct me if I am in error, but I think that’s a pretty high-profile follower. Not bad for a poet-blogger who’s been on hiatus for most of National Poetry Month. Eh? If only he didn’t tweet…

You Don’t Even Like Poetry, or Do You?

This Week in Poetry, Even for Non-Poets I am truly tickled to see so much being written about poetry during this (inter)National Poetry Month to an audience outside the traditional poetry scene. Often people who claim to dislike poetry merely had a bad experience, likely in high school, as Billy Collins likes to say “the place…

1979 Footage of William Stafford in Scranton Resurfaces

Often YouTube is prone to fail for me when I get its automated suggestions of “videos to watch.” Yesterday it suggested some wonderful music tutorial videos from my sweetheart Brian from five years ago, while pushing a recent video of my friend and fellow poet Rachel Bunting’s tribute to Maxine Cumin, recently passed poetry legend,…

Resolutions in Metaphor and Song, with Mary Cigarettes

I recently posted “Bootcamp for the Broken Hearted” by the magical master of music and metaphor, Mary Cigarettes. And I was delighted to see that one little post from a couple of weeks ago got 40 Facebook shares. That’s wonderful! But not nearly enough, because frankly the world needs more Mary. It really does, especially…

“Meteorology,” by Marjorie Maddox

It was a good Sunday here, aside from a few cold symptoms, slow and lazy, and ideal for reading and pondering. I hope yours was everything you’d hoped for, and that your Monday will surprise you by being better than you expect. I had promised you, a review of the new book Local News from…

Literary Connections, Poetweet and Social Media

WordPress is a funny place. Imagine dropping your notebook, and a few words you jotted down suddenly wind up being published online. Or maybe you accidentally turned in your outline on Chaucer, rather than  your completed essay, but the professor gave you an A anyway. WordPress is a wonderfully weird place. Last night I accidentally…