Why Poetry Matters

While trying to convince a librarian to reinstate Community Poetry Circles I culled some compelling arguments, I think, about why poetry matters: Why Poetry Matters, Pam Allyn, Contributor, Founder & Executive Director, LitWorld, at...

Going to Mars

Have you ever considered all the writing material you can obtain by exploring outer space? Consider this poem by Sally Ashton, published on the Rattle website (Poets Respond section); then choose a planet that intrigues you and write a poem. Here's "Listening to Mars"...

Journal Writing

While preparing to teach a new class through Dominican Hospital's PEP...on Journal Writing to Decrease Stress and Increase Mindfulness, I've been reviewing all the terrific books I have on keeping journals and the importance of doing so. Re-reading "The New Diary" by...

Pop Up Poetry at Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting

Here's the poem we made today; great fun engaging customers in poetry! Spring Zeus extemporizing: spring has sprung over recently rain polished California. "Oops, I didn't mean to meddle in your affairs." How awkward riding with a rooster in a Porsche for the health...

Highlights, Summer 2016

it's been a busy summer and one of the highlights was attending the third annual Catamaran Literary Conference and studying with Joseph Millar. Each day we wrote poems and re-visioned them during the workshop. Millar's emphasis on the image as the most important...

Best American Poetry 2015

I’m reading this year’s selections, and the guest editor is Sherman Alexie. I always look forward to the editor’s choices; they usually stretch my definition of best, and oftentimes I am not in agreement. This year, I would have to say that one huge oversight was...