Elsewhere on the Internet: Writing in Public

Did you know that it is NaPoWriMo? Last year I challenged myself to read a poem every day, since I knew I'd be too busy to write so many and too shy to share. This year I made no such committment, but fortunately I follow a few poets who are churning them out, so I… Continue reading Elsewhere on the Internet: Writing in Public


NaPoWriMo Week Four Point Five: Sarcastic Sonnets

This is a short week at the end of a challenging month, so I decided to treat myself to some sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay. As I used to tell my literature students, Millay offers great break-up poetry--she gives a great kissoff, as in "I being born a woman and distressed," but she also conveys the… Continue reading NaPoWriMo Week Four Point Five: Sarcastic Sonnets

NaPoWriMo Week Four: Aleatory Selection

For this sextet of poems, I will not make a pretense of having read one per day. In truth, I felt a little at sea after week three; I wanted to leave more up to chance and to be surprised, but I wasn't sure how to invite random poems in. I asked friends for recs.… Continue reading NaPoWriMo Week Four: Aleatory Selection

NaPoWriMo Week Three: That’s the way it is with me somehow

A busy week that I began in one state and finished in another, playing catchup all the while. I decided to pick up my Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams this week, since reading H.D. put me in the mood for another Imagist-ish poet, and I particularly enjoy the short descriptive verses from WCW's earlier… Continue reading NaPoWriMo Week Three: That’s the way it is with me somehow

NaPoWriMo Week Two: The City by the Sea

For week 2, I carried around a book of the collected poems of H.D., one of the first poets to be identified with the Imagist movement and a fascinating lady in her own right. Her love life alone would make an amazing book. Monday Just a short poem, "Sea Violet." Like many of the poems in… Continue reading NaPoWriMo Week Two: The City by the Sea

NaPoWriMo for the overworked

Keep enough bookish friends around, and you'll hear about NaNoWriMo every November. I've always wistfully declined to participate; a month dedicated to writing in the dreary fall only serves to remind me of the mother of all unfinished writing projects--my dissertation. But when I heard of NaPoWriMo for the first time last week, I was intrigued.… Continue reading NaPoWriMo for the overworked