There’s a Silver Lining Out There!

I’m proud to announce that our poetry anthology, Silver Lining – Poets Against Violence is available now on Amazon. All author proceeds go to Futures Without Violence. Not only will you read raw, beautiful poems from poets from around the world, but you’ll also be giving to a worthy cause. This is the introduction to [...]

A Poetry Lesson

No, it’s not really a poetry lesson. This is my last poetry post for April, so I thought I’d share a poem I wrote using the exercise Jeri Walker posted, 15-Sentence Portrait Poem. Wendy Bishop introduced this exercise to Jeri, and now I am copying the guidelines to share with you. Below are the guidelines [...]

The Dead Poets Society

Writers' words live on through used pages of books and monuments. Every hand that holds and turns the pages, touches written monuments, changes us forever. In death, we still read their words—the Dead Poets Society. These dead poets’ written words make us bleed emotions, and we feel compelled to attach them to memes, tattoo them [...]

Kick off April with a Slam Dunk

To start out April, National Poetry Month, I thought I’d begin with Slam Poetry. Thanks to Jeri Walker at Word Bank Writing & Editing, I started watching slam poetry over the last year. Along with it being entertaining, I also am in awe of the performers. Slam Poetry or Poetry Slam is performance poetry. It [...]

April Poetry Brings May Lyricists

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” Carl Sandburg “Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” Rita Dove It’s the tingle of words, the spark of creativity that births a ripen poem. Poetry is the choosing of influential words—a kiss of humor or a strike of drama. It's Dom Pérignon [...]