HAMMOND BRANCH

Creekside again. Hammond Branch is different each time I walk along its banks. Rocks shifted by the current, a bit of bank eroded, water pooled behind a log, debris-choked, waiting for the next big flow after a heavy rain. ….. Water flows over granite ledges, through gaps between boulders, past the rocks where I sit. … More HAMMOND BRANCH

GRASS

GRASS Long grass growing in a Tidewater salt marsh, unadorned stalks that somehow survive in the brackish water of a landscape compromised between wet and dry. Blue stem growing on the Kansas prairie before it’s turned for corn in a landscape level to the certainties of right and good. Kentucky 31 growing rich green in … More GRASS

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