Poetry and tea. Tea and poetry.
That’s how I start my writing day, usually in my outdoor office.
I could say my poetry journey began about twenty years ago, when I made reading The Writer’s Almanac the start of my writing day, which took about 5 minutes and yielded fruit a hundredfold. But what really caused me to make poetry a daily practice was when my mother’s cancer returned in 2007. I simply had to write poems—72 in all, which I’ve collected under the heading My Mother’s Diary. From then on, reading and writing poetry is an essential part of my writing life, and it can be part of yours too.
In 2016 TS Poetry Press published The Joy of Poetry, a story of losing my mom and finding poetry. It’s part memoir, part anthology (my own poems and those of others), and part spirited defense of poetry, especially for those who think they hate it.
My new book is Rainbow Crow, also from TS Poetry Press, is a children’s book of poetry, both in and out of form, all about my favorite critter (crows!), with gorgeous illustrations by Hasani Browne.
I am also a contributing writer for several magazines, including Rock & Vine, WACOAN magazine, and Magnolia Journal. I have written poetry prompts for Chronic Joy, and I serve as an editor Tweetspeak Poetry, where I wrote book reviews for grownups and host a Children’s Book Club. Every month I lead us in learning poetry By Heart. (In other words, memorize ’em!)
Take care & Happy poeming!
Every Day Poems
“Fawn” (not available online)
“The Crows Desire Great Disaster” (not available online)
At the Post-Funeral Reception
At Mile 37 (included in How to Write a Form Poem)
A Blessing for my Heart
The Hard Brown Beetles (a poem from The Great Gatsby)
Mrs. Blevins prays as John Grady Cole rides away
When springs of existence suddenly give way (a poem from Frankenstein)
Chronic Joy (former poetry prompt co-coordinator for a website supporting those with chronic illness)
Chicken Soup for the Tea Lover’s Soul (“Phil Simms, C.S. Lewis, and Tea”)
Emily D. Tea Traveler (where tea and poetry converge)
Magnolia Journal (Chip & JoJo)
Rock & Vine Magazine (all things Texas Hill Country)
WACOAN magazine (Waco fun)