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Chapter 4

In this week’s chapter, The Poetry of the Commute, Glynn Young compares drive distances, along with locale and terrain, to the poetic style and content of various writers. A commute of a mile is a short ode: Joyce Kilmer talking about a tree, over and done with before you realize […]

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Chapter 3

As I read and write my way through Glynn Young’s Poetry at Work, published by TS Poetry Press, I remember my pre-conceived notions prior to my initial reading of the book last winter: I don’t commute (least not on a road), I don’t pack my lunch […]

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butter heavy

i found her chewing through walnuts, cranberries, butter heavy toast. red lip- stick colored her coffee mug. crumbs stuck to table linens. . . . . . TSP photo&poetry: Bread, Pastries, Pies prompt . .

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Chapter 2 & Poetry At Work Day

. . Over at Tweetspeak Poetry, they’re celebrating another Poetry at Work Day – where this year’s official poster boasts an image of a pressure cooker and printed in white, off to the side, it says poetry arrived in search of me ~ by Pablo Neruda […]

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Introduction & Chapter 1

Last year about this time, Glynn Young‘s book, Poetry at Work was released by T.S. Poetry Press in their Masters in Fine Living Series. Hot off the presses, I bought one and read it through, a chapter per day. As a result, my copy is heavy with underlines, […]

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An Ounce

  He’s so confused he don’t now whether to scratch his watch or wind his butt. ~ Truvy (Steel Magnolias move) . New Year’s resolutions, one-word centering devices, themes, dreams and/or ideals may work for the stick to it sort lurking among us, but for the confused and discombobulated, […]

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Revel

Who dares revel in New Year’s party glee or even presses resolution ink across pages of dreams, desires, wants when so many’ve been lost – family, friends, the word, really, and all go slack-hearted, faint as floors and ceilings and walls and neighborhoods and schools […]

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neighbor Man

Christmas Eve, about eight years ago, my family invited the neighbor man to dinner. We’d known him a couple years but never asked him to our home. He kept to himself and his campfire, and sometimes his rollicking, noisy, beer-chugging friends. His place was set back from the road […]

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manger’s Man

. hope un-swaddled babe’s . birth heralded by angels . beckoned shepherds wise . follow signs – fickle . stray away from manger’s Man . before the veil is torn . . .   . .     two haikus: reflection of December 17 reading in Ann Voskamp’s The Greatest […]

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On Being A Writer

. This book all at once speaks gentle encouragement (by way of personal and professional examples), provides organizational and streamlined ideas to help manage the inky pieces of a writer’s life, and asks kindling questions to focus and fan the flames of each person’s writerly […]

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Drinking Pieces

. a soft answer turns away wrath doesn’t go astray leaves hate smoldering demands nothing expects something (a conversation at a ktchen table might help) no coffee no tea no soda – only broken cups piled high; ask rioters to bring back the pieces. someone’s momma […]

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Amy Sorrells: part 2

When last we heard from lady author extraordinaire, Amy Sorrells, she’d finished part 1 of the Pickin’ An Author’s Knows interview series by doling out these writerly words of wisdom: CHILL THE HECK OUT ALREADY. Manuscripts land where they’re supposed to land. Words get written when they’re supposed […]

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