Anatomy of a Revision

A while back, I posted a poem, “Wildflowers and Weeds,” inspired by an overgrown field filled with rows of rusting sedans that I happened across in eastern Indiana. The poem ended with the lines “in a field/of rusted sedans/overgrown with longing.” I took the poem to my monthly writers group and they suggested a couple … More Anatomy of a Revision

Dear William

Since the publication of Shards of Blue, I haven’t spent much time on any of my historical, family history-based poems. Recently, though, I submitted “Dear William” to The Copperfield Review. They did not accept it for publication, which doesn’t really bother me since I’ve been focusing on other themes lately. Still, I have had a … More Dear William

Another poem accepted, one declined, and several out for review

Here’s the latest in publication news. My poem “Thoughts While Sitting on the Beach” has been accepted by Texture, a new literary magazine out of Annapolis, MD.  The first issue will appear sometime in early August (submission period runs till the end of July). I submitted five poems for consideration– the other four were “Number 1, … More Another poem accepted, one declined, and several out for review


I haven’t posted anything in a while. Teaching population geography, work in general, bicycling, and other tasks have kept me busy. I just haven’t made the time to write. I have submitted a few items and have had a few acceptances. Here’s what’s forthcoming… “Along U Street, NW” was accepted by Baltimore Style. It should … More Forthcoming…

The Homestead

I’ve just uploaded a new video for my poem, “The Homestead.” My father, uncle, and I traveled to Smith County, Kansas in 2005 to locate and visit the Ratcliffe family homestead– the homestead my great-great grandmother, Mary Townsend Ratcliff, settled in 1874 after she divorced her husband, John. My grandfather grew up on the farm … More The Homestead