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2 FEBRUARY 2015

My review on GoodReads of this poetry book:

The Folding Cliffs: A Narrative

In January 2015, W.S. Merwin — winner of many poetry awards — was given the Champion of the Land Conservation Award by HILT, the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. I was visiting Maui during that week, and I was also reading The Folding Cliffs. For me, this book is as much about the natural history of Kaua’i as it is about political history. Mr. Merwin’s portrayal of dramatic terrain, waterways & waterfalls, trees & ferns, birds & pigs & shellfish, weather zones, elevated caves, and burial grounds, is bewitching. Everywhere I traveled in Maui, I recognized one of the natural features or creatures appearing in Mr. Merwin’s poetic narrative. Indeed, given that several of his passages acknowledge the unreliability of human storytelling, of all personal and institutional reporting,  I infer that Nature is more trustworthy than History.

30 JANUARY 2015

WRITERS: BEAT THE GROUNDHOG! February 1st is the next deadline to apply to the outstanding, flexible, student-centered, low-residency MFA in Writing Program that I attended from 2004-2006. For more information, visit http://spalding.edu/mfa, or email mfa@spalding.edu, or click here: Spalding University’s Low Residency MFA program.

7 JANUARY 2015

Happy New Year!

2015 marks the 15th year of my life as a poet.

This PHOTO of me was taken November 2014 by Dan Wilcox of Albany, New York, USA.

 

18 NOVEMBER 2014

WIN_20141116_180220I will be reading my poetry this Sunday at 2pm. Free and open to all. Public library in downtown Schenectady. Come listen!

 

 

17 OCTOBER 2014

Wadi Rum, Jordan. I’m the speck climbing the sand dune, the tourist-poet. During my recent trip to Jordan, I took notes for a poem which I’m now revising and refining.

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29 AUGUST 2014

Last Monday night at a poetry open mic in Woodstock, New York (USA), I gave away these free “favors” to any audience member who wanted one. Each handmade favor contains a hand-written poem of mine, one of the three I read aloud that night. I make the pages of the favors out of coffee filters. 

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18 AUGUST 2014

My latest coffee-filter poem, dangling from my porch wind chime. By hand, I pen one of my own poems on the “pages” created by folding, creasing, snipping, and taping bunches of new white filters for coffee-makers. One poem, one line per “page.”

 

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