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National Poetry Month: April 30

Hi friends! It’s the last day of National Poetry Month: BOO! So, today I have selected Mark Doty’s “A Green Crab’s Shell.” I had the great fortune of hearing Mark read this epic poem more than once; most recently at … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month: April 29

Hi friends! I grew up in a family with three sisters. Like Chekov, I often joke. Not the playwright himself, but his play, The Three Sisters. But I also feel and claim, in all seriousness, I am lucky. And I … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month: April 24

Hi friends! Today is, or is it not? It is Wednesday, and that makes it a hump day! But, instead I continue on the April path of National Poetry Month. Today I want to focus on abstraction in relation to … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month: April 21

Hi friends! Some days I just miss New York way too much. So today I read Alan Dugan’s ‘Closing Time at the Second Avenue Deli:’ Robert Vaughan reads ‘Closing Time at the Second Avenue Deli’ by Alan Dugan – YouTube … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month; April 20

Hi friends! Families: can’t live with them, can’t live without them! Okay, that’s a cliche, and the truth lies someplace in between those two. Notice how I say “truth lies?” Quite an oxymoron indeed. One thing I notice with family, … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month: April 19

Hi friends! I am so fortunate to be a part of this writing community in Milwaukee, and get to lead two amazing writing roundtables. Sometimes, in rare months, my once a month Thursday evening group (6:30- 9:00 pm) is followed … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month: April 18

Hi friends! The sky has color, no color- pinkish gray, tinged with a smoky shriek, like pay attention here! The windows are dotted with raindrops, and smeared with April debris. Some poets and writers have an innate knack for writing … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month: April 17

Hi friends! Writing contests are strange. You enter them never expecting to hear back, or perhaps with the list of those who placed, your name excluded. Which is why I was so thrilled to hear that my unusual piece, “A … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month: April 16

Hi friends! The sun is out, life takes a most promising turn! Last night, fellow poet Paul Scot August and I schemed up a plan to host a reading to honor National Poetry Month right here in Milwaukee: (1) Middle … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month: April 14

Hi friends. In 1987, around this time of year, Spring, I was working my first job in Los Angeles, a recent transplant from New York City. My pal, Gregory and I had travelled in my mighty Mustang across this vast … Continue reading

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