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Poetry Lab: Week Four

            This is our fourth Poetry Lab and the first time we focus on a single poem instead of the usual two. “Cordially Yours, Regards” from Pearl Dandy is a lengthier poem than most I have written and, honestly, is more of a rant than a…

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Poetry Lab: Week Three

            Greetings, all. For this Lab, we’ll take a look at Nautical Terms (and How Best to Love Them) and The Questions of Life Even the Dead Cannot Answer, both of which appear in my digital chapbook, “Pearl Dandy.” These poems face each other in the…

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Poetry Lab: Week Two

Today, we’ll take a look at two more pieces from Pearl Dandy, “Loretta” and “A Poem for Children.” Both pieces are a bit absurd and comedic. When I began to write poetry for what eventually became Pearl Dandy, I had gone quite a while without penning any poetry. For I…

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Poetry Lab: Week One

I sometimes think poetry is a mystic art. It is the conjuring of words and forms, meter and (sometimes) rhyme to transport—intellectually and emotionally if not, at times, spiritually—both poet and reader to another place where we can commune in some deeper understanding of one another. No matter the subject,…

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Buy Once, Share Often

I've spent the last few days bombarding social media with information about my two new chapbooks: "How The Story Ends" and "Pearl Dandy." The idea, of course, is to let as many people as I can know that a) these works exist, b) they're both reasonably priced (thanks to the…

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Talent and Hope in all shapes, sizes…and ages.

  I've always loved to watch children create. Whether they are building a castle out of Duplos to fend off an impending dragon attack or fingerpainting a work of abstract wonder, their imaginations don't often know the limitations that years on this hard earth can shackle us with. Kids give themselves freely…

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The Language of Broken Houses

Poetry is as much about honesty as it is about emotion and form. For a poem to “work” it must carry within it some truth…of life, of love, of sorrow, of death, of faith, and on and on. The same goes for fiction. No matter how extraordinary the trappings of…

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Why Poetry?

As a stay-at-home dad and part-time writer of fiction, I knew that poetry was never going to put me on a best-seller list. I mean, let's be real. Poetry just isn't a big seller on its best day and if you picked someone at random out on the street to name 5…

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