A Thursday Love Poem, “Killing Mark,” by Richard Blanco

We are overdue for another Thursday Love Poem, and as I’ve said before, “a Thursday Love Poem isn’t your grandmother’s love poem, baby.” It’s an unconventional love poem at least, and sometimes it’s a downright anti-love poem, as in the flagship poem of this feature, Edna Saint Vincent Millay’s “Thursday.”  If you aren’t familiar with…

“Amish Fantasy” on Secrets T(OUR) for Halloween

How’s that for an enigmatic title? We can put this under the heading (once I get around to figuring out how to reorganize my “categories”) of Publishing News or Recently Published. Not long ago T/OUR Magazine, subtitled “The Truth About OUR Stories,” solicited entries on the theme “Secrets.” T/OUR is a young literary magazine out of…

Richard Blanco Inspires Again, Penn State Edition

Thursday evening a hoard of PUPPs (Poetry Under the Paintings Peeps) descended on the State College Campus of Penn State University to hear Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco read in the Foster Auditorium. I think the exact number in our hoard was 8, but that’s a pretty dang good showing for a poetry field trip in…

Of News, Reviews, and Shaking the Blues

Shakin’ the Blues: Well, it takes one foot first, doesn’t it. Do you recall the song from that Christmas show of childhood, with young red-headed Santa helping the Warlock King to put “One Foot in Front of the Other?” Sometimes that’s what it takes to shake the blues. When I do not have the energy…