Poetry Club, day 10

I have a chapter in The Joy of Poetry about poems as songs. This was one I got permission for, but it was a little steep. J. Patrick Lewis has been the children's poet laureate, and a lot of his poems convey history. If you don’t know the legend … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 9

I think at some point I gave up on including this one The Joy of Poetry, but it's so good. Every writer should know it. Laura Brown referenced this poem on her blog in a short entry titled “Writer’s Daughter.” I already liked the poem, but her … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 8

I first wrote about this poem in my journal in June 2014 when Laura Brown and I were poetry buddying our way through Kevin Young’s collection Book of Hours. I was really taken with this one and have returned to it over and over. Originally, The … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 7

Some of you who read my earlier post about poem permissions may be wondering what poem cost $1,080? Well, it was Billy Collins' "The Lanyard." (Don't blame Billy.) It's one of my all-time favorite poems, and I've used when speaking about The Joy of … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 6

Spring training is underway. If you're a baseball fan, you don't need me to tell you that fact. I'm not a baseball person, but I know many people who are. It seems no other sport goes so well with poetry as baseball. I had permission to use this … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 5

Here's a short one, a haiku. I wanted to have a chapter in The Joy of Poetry with great poems about creepy, crawly critters. Didn't happen. Sorry, Darlene. Your poem would have been perfect.     hordes of flapping … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 4

Originally, the chapters in The Joy of Poetry covered a calendar year, from New Year's to Christmas, and this was the last poem in the book. The poet, Paul Willis, has a new collection out, Getting to Gardisky Lake. I haven't read it yet, but I plan … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 3

The first day of spring was back on March 20. Imagine that after months of cold and gray, you get a day that finally feels like what the calendar says. Now think of a relationship that’s been stuck in winter for more months than you care to count. … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 2

When I was writing The Joy of Poetry, I tried to address the poetry skeptics, those who hate poetry or at least think they do. Often that's because they don't feel they understand it. So most of the poems I used were pretty straightforward. Except … [Read more]

Poetry Club for National Poetry Month

As we kick off National Poetry Mont (aka April), I want to talk about a woman I met a couple of years ago named Sue Andrews. At the time she volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club in Gatesville, Texas, and started a poetry club there. Sue used … [Read more]