Lifting the “ordinary”

One of my jobs as a Poet is to lift the “ordinary” into plain sight, showing how extraordinary it is. This is also a great mindfulness exercise – just relaxing into the present moment to notice something beautiful that might otherwise go unnoticed – for me and for the reader. For instance, this morning wasContinue reading “Lifting the “ordinary””

Remembering: a Project

The childhood memories I hold need space to move around on the page, to reveal themselves. Therefore, I have decided to start a project writing poems based on events from childhood, chiefly poems of time spent in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Maine, with family. This photo is a rough draft of a poem about BlackberryContinue reading “Remembering: a Project”

The Magic

I believe if you ask most poets why they write, they will say “Because I have to”. I’m also a musician, and it’s the same – I MUST practice and play music! It’s who I am. When a poem comes to me, it’s as if I fall into a kind of “trance” – every bitContinue reading “The Magic”