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…

On the Marriage of Joel and Tony

Two years ago today, I had the incredible honor of officiating the wedding of two of the most wonderful people. There is so much I want to say, but for once, words fail me. Luckily, there is the poem. I found this piece by Greg Delanty in the anthology Bright Wings, and it just seemed…

End of the Trail Café

. . . and Recent Publications Though I’ve added some recent publications to the appropriately titled “Publications” page, I haven’t taken the time to individually mention them. Also, I’ve been missing my old habit of recording poems. Usually, it was the poems of others, since my own were out searching for publishers, and to post…

Tuesday Review: Marjorie Maddox’s Wives’ Tales

In an effort to keep me on track with some promises and with my desire to read and review more poetry, here’s a new feature for you, Tuesday Reviews. There will be at least two kinds—the first we’ll call traditional reviews, hopefully with links to full reviews published elsewhere. The second sort will be 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…

Saturday Songs with Lucy Dacus

I’m going to give my friend Raul Clement a bit of a plug for his excellent work at New American Press just because they put out damn good writing. Check them out, and send them some of your best work (after thoroughly reading their guidelines, of course). I met Raul maybe two years back when…