“Bellfounding” (and Happy National Poetry Month!)

Hello Hello Hello Bloginistas! I wrote this poem some time ago after having an argument with my partner and wanted to share it with you. It is written in iambic pentameter blank verse, for those of you "form nerds" out there. Enjoy! 😀 Oh and by the way, HAPPY NATIONAL POETRY MONTH 2015 (which is … Continue reading “Bellfounding” (and Happy National Poetry Month!)

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A Little Bit about Frank O’Hara

I was reading an article today on The Poetry Foundation's website about the 50th Anniversary of Frank O'Hara's "Lunch Poems" and wanted to share it with all my fellow Bloginistas along with a poem of his of which I am rather fond. I have always loved Mr. O'Hara's work, and after reading the article and … Continue reading A Little Bit about Frank O’Hara

The End of National Poetry Month…Progress, and the lack thereof – National Poetry Month Post #11

Hello Bloginistas! Two days ago was the final day of the wonderful month that is National Poetry Month. On the second day of this auspicious month, I laid the groundwork for a "30 Posts in 30 Days" post commitment. WELL, since this is my 11th and final post, I obviously didn't QUITE make it (in … Continue reading The End of National Poetry Month…Progress, and the lack thereof – National Poetry Month Post #11

A Brief Review of “The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry” – National Poetry Month Post #10

For my 10th National Poetry Month post, I wanted to write a brief review of one of my favorite anthologies, The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, edited by Rita Dove. It is a beautifully constructed, encyclopedic tome consisting of some of the greatest poetic minds of the past century. What sets it apart (from … Continue reading A Brief Review of “The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry” – National Poetry Month Post #10

“What is Inpiration?” – National Poetry Month Post #9

People often ask me where I find Inspiration. It's not an easy question to answer. For me, it all depends (click the links for an example): on how I look at the world, my present, future or past experiences, even a simple thing like a dragonfly. Inspiration strikes me at odd moments or in planned … Continue reading “What is Inpiration?” – National Poetry Month Post #9

My Latest New Favorite Poet: Jay Leeming – National Poetry Month Post #8

My latest new favorite poet is Jay Leeming (from American Life in Poetry: Column 455). I know many of us have been on blind dates, so have some understanding of the situation painted in this poem. The way Mr. Leeming personifies the idea of loneliness as a sort of "third wheel" is quite great. Read … Continue reading My Latest New Favorite Poet: Jay Leeming – National Poetry Month Post #8

“A Four Letter Word”, National Poetry Month Post #7

Hello Bloginistas! I wrote the following as a meditation; it's my analysis of love and its many properties. While it certainly doesn't capture every aspect of what love is (which may be near impossible, many great artists have tried), I believe that it touches on some of the good and the bad. It's a love … Continue reading “A Four Letter Word”, National Poetry Month Post #7

“Why can’t we all just get along?” (maybe just a little bit?) – National Poetry Month Post #6

Hello Bloginistas! I came across this article while doing a Google search about Joyce Carol Oates, Poets, and Writing in general. I completely agree with the author's argument at the end of the page and was surprised (to certain extent; I have read about the "cattiness" of a few of the greats) that some of … Continue reading “Why can’t we all just get along?” (maybe just a little bit?) – National Poetry Month Post #6

My Top Five – National Poetry Month Post #5

I wanted to give you a list of the five poets who have affected me the most in my writing life for my 5th National Poetry Month post. Along with their Wikipedia pages (just click their names 🙂 ), I have included a link to my favorite poem of theirs (although there are MANY, these … Continue reading My Top Five – National Poetry Month Post #5

“DARK CORNER” by Charles Simic – National Poetry Month Post #4

For this National Poetry Month post, I wanted to share a poem from a recently acquired tome by one of my favorite poets, Charles Simic. The book is "Walking the Black Cat". I have always loved Mr. Simic's work, and on reading the following was reminded again exactly WHY. "DARK CORNER" Say, how’d you find … Continue reading “DARK CORNER” by Charles Simic – National Poetry Month Post #4