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What I Learned from Writing Sonnets

It’s hard. Not just a little difficult, but seriously challenging to craft a good poem in a specific, time-tested, venerated form. One that doesn’t sound forced or stilted. One that…Read More »


Most poets can point to one famous, accomplished poet who truly taught them the art of poetry. Mine didn’t come through a degree program or workshop, but through children, specifically…Read More »

Automatic Writing

Automatic Writing, the Ultimate Free-Write Sometimes my poems try too hard. I sit at my desk with an idea in mind about form or content or some message or question…Read More »

The Commissioned Poem

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of writing a poem for someone on a subject of their choice. This is something I rarely do. I had donated a gift…Read More »