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…

Walt Whitman’s Thursday Love Poem

Time for a Thursday Love Poem. Since it’s been a while, take a moment to skip back to the poem that started it all: “Thursday,” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. That first Thursday Love Poem feature was posted almost five years ago, and you can check it out with my reading of that little piece…

Poems with Friends and Son

Coming up on June 26th, some dear friends and good poets have agreed to read with me in celebration of my two recent chapbooks. Moons, Roads, and Rivers came out in December from Finishing Line Press and was followed in May by a very different conversation in Angels & Adultery, selected by Nickole Brown for the…

Chapel Reading and Old PUP Friends

No, “old PUP friends” does not refer to some sort of senior citizen’s collar-and-leash fetish society. It’s a reference to a poetry reading series I used to attend in Lewisburg, PA at Faustina’s Art Gallery. Poetry Under the Paintings is the name of the group, and it perfectly describes what they do. They still gather every…