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A Poet Loves Bookstores!

As a poetry writer and reader, I have had the most wonderful experiences recently with bookstores!  I had been suffering from the usual January afflictions of a bad cold and spirit dampening darkness. I also had three opportunities scheduled to read, study and teach poetry.  I was wondering if I would be healthy enough to…Read More »



50 Things to Do with a Poem

I started this list a few years ago and it has now grown to 50! It was one of the hand-outs at my recent Publish Your Poetry workshop. Since writers who weren’t able to attend requested a copy, I decided to post it here. 50 THINGS TO DO WITH A POEM Submit poems at least…Read More »



Dreaming on the Stair Climber: Sources of Inspiration

Dreaming on the Stair Climber: Sources of Inspiration Lately I have encountered the term ‘Psychic Download’ repeatedly. It refers to a message from the universe that arrives intact and often unexpectedly, beautifully worded and resonantly true. Wow! Don’t we wish all poems came like that! A number of musicians and lyricists including John Lennon have…Read More »



My New Book “The Fates” is Here!

The Fates My beautiful new poetry book “The Fates” which won Bright Hill Press’ annual contest is a reality! I am so grateful to editor Bertha Rogers for the tasteful and readable design and for the exquisite cover art entitled “Two Birds Speaking.” My book contains 58 poems arranged into three sections, each headed by…Read More »

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