Photo by Darragh Casey As the recent recipient of a Poetry Fellowship, the Massachusetts Cultural Council asked me and some other artist--fellows to respond to a question for their ArtSake blog. It went like this: Art-making is all about starts, stops, and unanticipated turns. When a work goes unfinished, it may be to make room … Continue reading Shelved

big poetry giveaway – 2013 edition

Susan Rich over at The Alchemist's Kitchen is guest curating the fourth year of the poetry extravaganza known as The Big Poetry Giveaway. Seeing as it’s The Cruelest (aka National Poetry) Month, I thought I’d get on board, and you can, too. If you want to get with the giving, go to Susan's place and sign yourself … Continue reading big poetry giveaway – 2013 edition

karen donovan talks ribosomes & poetry

Here, at long last, is the Next Big Thing post from Karen Donovan! Karen is the author of Fugitive Red (University of Massachusetts Press, 1999), which won the 1998 Juniper Prize for Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as FIELD, Seneca Review, Conduit, THE GERM: A Journal of Poetic Research, Spiral Orb,and Prime Number. She was co-editor, with … Continue reading karen donovan talks ribosomes & poetry

Next Big Thing: Arnett & Donnelly

…and here are the links to two of the folks I tagged in the Next Big Thing project: Carlen Arnett & Patrick Donnelly…two very different writers with unique talents and a great way of talking about writing. Go on over and see what they’re up to!

the next big thing

Here it is--the cover of my new book, Grass Whistle, with beautiful art courtesy of Barbara Reid! I've been tagged in a blogging project called " The Next Big Thing," so since this is mine, read on if you want to know more about the book. First, thanks to Ellen Dore Watson for inviting me … Continue reading the next big thing

Bells We Would Ring: Kenneth Patchen

On Solstice eve I was searching around for a poem to write about for my Hilltown Families column, and feeling really stymied by the challenge of finding something seasonal and uplifting and bright in the wake of the violence at Sandy Hook. In some ways it would be easier just to grieve, to stop everything and sink down into … Continue reading Bells We Would Ring: Kenneth Patchen

back to plath

This month at One Clover & A Bee Pokey wrote about Sylvia Plath’s, The Bed Book.  Yes, reader, the Queen of Darkness also wrote four kid’s books! The Bed Book has some of Plath’s signature skill and style, and Pokey wishes she’d discovered it during those aeons when her babies didn’t sleep. I don’t know … Continue reading back to plath

30 poems in november, the uncooked bird

Pokey had the brilliant idea that she would do her 30 Poems in November (a fundraiser for the Center for New Americans) differently this year. Instead of writing a poem a day, which in the past has resulted in many not-so-good poems, I'm trying to write one long poem from "found" text that represents some … Continue reading 30 poems in november, the uncooked bird

and they went to sea in a sieve

My latest One Clover & a Bee column is live over at Hilltown Families, in which I celebrate nonsense and bad behavior via Edward Lear and Maurice Sendak's, "The Jumblies" (which Pokey believes is actually a poem about being an artist) as well as other poems for families to learn & love in the collection, … Continue reading and they went to sea in a sieve

a list & an extremely large umbrella

A smart Mom-friend posted a link on Facebook to a post, Things I Want My 10 Year Old Daughter to Know. I followed the link to Huff Post and from there to Lindsey Mead's blog: A Design So Vast. Pokey thinks the list is so spot on she had to share it with you. Follow … Continue reading a list & an extremely large umbrella