Saturday Song with the Mountain Goats

“There will be feasting and dancing in Jerusalem next year!” I can’t believe I haven’t shared something by John Darnielle here before, so for my first post of the new year, there’s no time like the present. When I hit the highway for the 2-plus-hour drive to visit my dad with my boys on New…

Marie Posnot’s “One is One”

I first shared this back in 2012 during National Poetry Month. I was on my way to NYC to see some of the most beautiful people in the world. So, I shared a poem I love by a native New Yorker. She passed away yesterday, a marvelous poet and teacher who graced this earth for…

Music Monday with Audre Lorde and Vampire Weekend

I’ve broken my own rules, but in blogging the rules are like the Pirate’s Code, “more what you’d call ‘guidelines.’” From time to time I forget that the Music Monday feature differs from Saturday Songs in that on Mondays we also explore a little poetry at the same time. Sometimes, it’s a very obvious connection between…

Music Monday with my BF and Frosty!

Happy New Year, everyone! My sweetheart has been between keyboards for the last ten days, the keyboard on his computer and the keyboard on his . . . um, well, keyboard! It was brought to my attention that among the 12 days of Christmas, Christmas itself is only day #1 because the whole shebang doesn’t…

TBT—Matthew Macfadyen’s Version of Sonnet 29

Time for a Throw-back Thursday. I’ve featured this recitation of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29 on the blog before, during one of the 2011 or 12 poetry month video extravaganzas. It came to mind this morning when some poet and artist friends of mine were talking about a different actor’s rather affected and, to me, pompous reading…

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…