Submissions and Rejections

I have solid proof that I have been once again submitting my poetry for publication; I have received my first rejection email! Whoo hoo! This truly is exciting. It at least proves I did something, even though the rejection was pretty standard, no personalized information, I take comfort in  knowing that I was acknowledged, if nothing…

Another Proud Pops Post

I’ve talked a lot here on the Dad Poet blog about how proud my sons make me. But I hope you’ll indulge me in another proud pops post. Pops, that’s what Jo, my oldest calls me. “Does it make you feel old?” he asks. “Yes,” I reply. “Seriously?” “No, not really. I kinda like it.”…

More on Writing from William Stafford

   So in the previous post about so called “creative genius” I quoted one of my poetry heroes, William Stafford, and since it took some searching to find the quotes I was attempting to recall, I naturally found some other gems from the man that I thought were worth sharing. But tonight I’ll not try to make…

Creative Genius and a Few Words from William Stafford

So let’s get back to that topic from a few days ago about where creative genius comes from. I was conflicted a bit by the message in Elizabeth Gilbert’s presentation. I like the idea of the artist going outside of himself a bit, getting away from all of the arrogance and self-absorption to find what…

Going Outside of Ourselves for Genius; Who is the Muse?

“I’m listening to my muse;” or after being complimented for a stroke of genius in her work, a poet has sometimes been known to say something like this, “It just came to me from somewhere; the poem almost wrote itself.”  Are these ideas contradictory to the spirit of this modern age of enlightenment we find ourselves…