In memory of my father, who passed away on January 5, 2018, I’m sharing this poem, written in 2012, for his 80th birthday. FOR DAD, ON HIS 80th BIRTHDAY Summer evenings I played in the alfalfa field while you moved among the rows, sweeping your net back and forth collecting weevils, stopping only to … More In Memoriam: Roger Ratcliffe, 1932-2018
2017 has just about come to a close, so it’s a good time to look back and take stock. It was a good year. I published 12 poems: four in Fourth & Sycamore, two in Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, two in The Wild Word, and one each in TEXTure, Thief, Baltimore Style, and Three … More 2017 in Review
The Fall issue of Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review is out, just in time for the holidays. What a treat! I’ll be savoring the art, photography, short stories, and poetry in this issue. You can, too, by traipsing across the web to here. I’ve got a poem on page 133 (145th page, when counting the … More Pancakes, Memories, and Poetry
The Winter issue of The Wild Word journal is out and I’ve got two poems in it, “A Winter Cardinal” and “Garden in Winter” (there’s a theme here). These are both poems I’ve had sitting around in one form or another for years. “A Winter Cardinal” was written about 14 or 15 years ago, but … More Winter and the Wild Word
Published in Do Not Look at the Sun, “Postcards from Paris” issue, 2011.
December 14th is the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting and tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Mass shootings and killing of innocent people continues in the United States. STONE WALLS Thoughts and words pile in my mind, as heavy and mute as fallen stones that form gaps in the walls that line Newtown’s roads and … More Stone Walls
I look forward to the second Saturday of each month. That’s the evening on which the Evil Grin Poetry Series meets in Annapolis, Maryland. There’s always a full house of local poets for the open mic portion. And, hosts Rocky Jones, Cliff Lynn, and Pam Winters always line up fabulous poets as featured readers. The … More Poetry and [Evil] Grins