Tweetspeak Poetry: Children’s Book Club: ‘Eggday’

published November 10, 2017

Children’s Book Club: “Eggday”

Tweetspeak Poetry: Reading in the Wild: October’s Pages

published November 3, 2017

Reading in the Wild: October’s Pages

 

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

 

Daddy, shoot me a

turkey. Yes, darlin’, of course.

And can we eat it?

 

For Thanksgiving? Yes,

darlin’, of course — leaves it out

accidentally

 

spoils it, hides, it, quick

runs and buys a brand new one,

not a wild turkey.

 

Cooks it, eats it. She

says, Daddy shot this for me!

Yes, darlin’, of course.

WACOAN: Wacoan of the Year: LaDainian Tomlinson

This is my ninth time to write Wacoan of the Year, a lengthy profile for the WACOAN magazine of a person who has been in the news during the year. It was an honor to speak with LaDainian Tomlinson, who was inducted to the Pro Hall of Fame in August and whose acceptance speech is more of sermon, calling all of us to unite as part of Team America.

Published December 1, 2017

LaDainian Tomlinson

WACOAN: Fail Better

For eight years I wrote a column for the WACOAN magazine called “Musings.” Only a few of them are online, but I’m going to link to them over the next nine weeks. Writing a monthly 800-word column was one of the harder writing tasks I’ve undertaken, and I think it’s also where I did some of my best work. Hope you enjoy!

 

published January 2016

Fail Better

WACOAN: All I Really Needed to Know, I Learned from ‘Into the Woods’

For eight years I wrote a column for the WACOAN magazine called “Musings.” This was my last one. Writing a monthly 800-word column was one of the harder writing tasks I’ve undertaken, and I think it’s also where I did some of my best work. Hope you enjoy!

 

published February 2016

All I Really Needed to Know, I Learned from ‘Into the Woods’

Poem for Marie Curie

I found my inspiration for this poem — as I often do — at The Writer’s Almanac. November 7 was Marie Curie’s birthday, and the biographical details about this scientist got me thinking about women and how we are perceived.

 

for Marie Curie

 

Our notes are radioactive

scribbled in radioactive rooms

as we lived radioactive lives —

We are born — We are married — We have children — We work

somewhere else where there

is more freedom than at home —

We learn underground, in secret,

with discarded test tubes — We stir the cauldron

ourselves —

We forget we carry radioactivity in our pockets —

We discover — We inadvertently invent —We donate

our prizes —We do not need awards — the evidence

of our genius is sealed in lead-lined boxes

so no one

will touch —

be transformed

WACOAN: Get Real

For eight years I wrote a column for the WACOAN magazine called “Musings.” Only a few of them are online, but I’m going to link to them over the next nine weeks. Writing a monthly 800-word column was one of the harder writing tasks I’ve undertaken, and I think it’s also where I did some of my best work. Hope you enjoy!

published December 2015

Get Real

WACOAN: Red Tide. Blood Moon. Dead Fish.

For eight years I wrote a column for the WACOAN magazine called “Musings.” Only a few of them are online, but I’m going to link to them over the next nine weeks. Writing a monthly 800-word column was one of the harder writing tasks I’ve undertaken, and I think it’s also where I did some of my best work. Hope you enjoy!

 

published November 2015

Red Tide. Blood Moon. Dead Fish.

WACOAN: Got Eggs?

For eight years I wrote a column for the WACOAN magazine called “Musings.” Only a few of them are online, but I’m going to link to them over the next nine weeks. Writing a monthly 800-word column was one of the harder writing tasks I’ve undertaken, and I think it’s also where I did some of my best work. Hope you enjoy!

 

published October 2015

Alone Together