Joy Roundup

Hi, Everyone. I've been overwhelmed with the support and kind words surrounding the release of The Joy of Poetry. Here's a roundup of the online love: The last shall be first. LW Lindquist announced that The Joy of Poetry will be the … [Read more]

The Joy of Poetry

  I get my hair cut at Walmart for two reasons: 1) I’m cheap, and 2) I have fascinating conversations with whoever happens to be my hairdresser. At our local SmartStyle the turnover is high, I suspect because they work the women into the … [Read more]

Last Man Standing

On Palm Sunday he came into church late, reeking of alcohol, like he'd washed his clothes in beer. It was 7:45 a.m. He sat next to me, at the end of the pew. He was wearing jeans, a light jacket, a ballcap. "Where better to be?" I thought. Of all … [Read more]

Balance & the Cow Yoga Calendar

Balance? What the yoga cow calendar teaches I should’ve known 2016 was not off to a good start when the picture for January on my new calendar — the one with cows doing yoga — was subtitled Balance. Uh oh. What was going to happen in January … [Read more]

T.S. Eliot and gravity

I can't say how it happened exactly. It was one of those incredibly rare days when I could not get out of bed. Friends, even when I'm sick, as I was all last week, I usually rise early. I can count on one hand the number of times I couldn't get out … [Read more]

Darkness & Lent

A friend recently recommended Barbara Brown Taylor's book "Learning to Walk in the Dark." I finished it in about a day and a half. All I can say is this: More, please. More lunar Christianity (her phrase, not mine). The cover shows bare trees … [Read more]

Monica Sharman’s “Behold the Beauty”

Monica Sharman, author of “Behold the Beauty,” calls herself a left-brained person who has learned to be a right-brained person. She studied physics at Caltech, the California Institute of Technology. Let’s call that her left-brained side, the side … [Read more]

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Panic Attack

A friend told me that poetry once gave him a panic attack. Literally. He was in high school. It was an assignment regarding Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” Which is a fabulous, somewhat frightening poem. If you try to … [Read more]

Holiday Haiku 25

Thanks for joining me for these Holiday Haikus, friends! Today is December 31, so this is my last one. I enjoyed writing these a lot---they enabled me to notice things and then write about them in condensed form. Taken together, they provide a nice … [Read more]

Holiday Haiku 24

Holiday Haiku 24 Crossing the cattle guard: a goat herd and our car. We crossed together.       … [Read more]