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Publishing in Twenty-Sixteen

  Writing poetry is the fun part. Attempting publication can seem over-whelming, risky and time-consuming.  But worth it for a number of reasons.  In 2016, I am making ‘sending out my poems’ a positive component of my poetry practice.  Here is my plan: Daily affirmation. For me, setting the right spirit makes a huge difference. My…Read More »

What Does ‘Confidence’ Mean to a Poet?

I am embarrassed to tell you how much I struggle with wanting to be a great poet versus feelings of unworthiness about recognition.  I think these feelings are burned into many of us from early childhood.  I was taught that humility is the greatest virtue.  But is it?  I read the quote below today and…Read More »

Poetry Does Matter

  This past week three things reminded me how much poetry matters and that we must never doubt the time we spend with our words.   While I was visiting an Adult Family Home to care for a diabetic patient who had been on my caseload for a long time, a woman I had never…Read More »