Has a Poem Ever Made You Cry?

Donald Hall died Saturday.  Donald Hall was an extraordinary poet who I came to know through the poetry of his wife, Jane Kenyon, who quickly became one of my favorite writers for her spare, essential descriptions of life, nature, and ultimately, death. (She died at age 47 of leukemia.) Kenyon was much younger than her […]

Strike While the Iron is Hot

    While I am not writing a poem a day this year inspiration still strikes from time to time, if I set down my phone and sit down with a pen and paper. This piece wrote itself this week – here is a rough draft, just the way it appeared to me:   we […]

Notes From My Retreat: Day 1

I went on retreat earlier this month. You can read a little bit about it here. It is a beautiful, magical place filled with silence and divinity. Here is a draft of something I wrote when I arrived: 2017 Retreat; Big Sur This is where I spent my 40th birthday. This is where I fought […]

Fearless Writing Challenge, Day 64: Why I Love Poetry

There are many, many reasons why I love poetry. It’s music, it’s nectar, it’s air, it’s comfort, it’s magic, it’s solace and release. Poets like Mary Oliver, the late Jane Kenyon, Billy Collins, and others are magicians, truth-tellers, counselors, and sages. Today I got two new books of poetry in the mail – milk and […]

Fearless Writing Challenge, Day 36: New York circa 1997

9/11 Of course, I remember where I was and what I was doing on this morning 16 years ago. I had left home on my way to work. I was driving up our long driveway and had just turned on NPR, like I did every morning as I began my hour-long commute to work. By the time […]

Fearless Writing Challenge: Day 28; My Most Liked Poem a Day Poems…so far

I began writing a short poem a day on January 1, 2017. I don’t know that I planned on writing one every day for a year – maybe I thought I would do 30 or 90 days. But here I am, I’ll be writing Day 246 today, so I really must keep going. I’ll have […]