26 Apr, 2012

Poem in your Pocket

April 26th, 2012|Tags: |

Today is Poem in your Pocket Day - thankfully my daily email from poets.org alerted me to that yesterday, and of course that got me thinking that this would be a [...]

18 Jan, 2012

Green Eggs & Ham: A Story with 50 Words

January 18th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

These days, in the age of soundbites, we challenge ourselves to tell stories in no more than 140 characters (on Twitter), or no more than six words (see the Six [...]

8 Jan, 2012

Dr. Seuss’s Creative Process

January 8th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

The Christmas Around the World exhibit also wrapped up today. Fittingly, the Great Hall with the big Christmas Tree was decorated with Grinch posters. Today was the last day of [...]

30 Nov, 2011

My Favorite Poem: Herbsttag by Rainer Maria Rilke

November 30th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

Today is the last day of November, high time to share with you my favorite poem, Herbsttag (Autumn Day) by Rainer Maria Rilke. Many of you probably know him as [...]

28 Jun, 2011

Read to Write

June 28th, 2011|Tags: , , |

About a year ago I was discussing where we write with my memoir class. One student, a flight attendant, said that he often wrote on the plane during his break [...]

20 May, 2011

Read the Old Masters to Steer Clear of Period Style

May 20th, 2011|Tags: , |

My greatest insight today from the Queens MFA alumni conference: William Butler Yeats apparently advised a young poet who had sent him some of her poems to read and study [...]

17 May, 2011

Poem Insight by Charles Simic

May 17th, 2011|Tags: |

A poem is a secret shared by people who have never met each other. - Charles Simic I loved this little insight into the power of poetry. Don't need to [...]

10 May, 2011

My First Haiku

May 10th, 2011|Tags: |

I didn't expect to take up today's Blogathon 2011 theme of haiku because I'm not one to write poetry, let alone haiku, but yesterday I had half an hour to [...]

8 May, 2011

Poem: Window Washer

May 8th, 2011|Tags: |

If this poem isn't a study in strong verbs, I don't know what is. It appeared in Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry: Column 318: BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET [...]

13 Apr, 2011

Writing About Things

April 13th, 2011|Tags: , |

I received this poem today as part of the poem-a-day initiative by poets.org. The Things By Donald Hall When I walk in my house I see pictures, bought long ago, [...]

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