In honor of World Poetry Day, the Young Adult Review Network (YARN) just announced the winners of its “Enchanted Places & Spaces” poetry contest, inspired by Margarita Engle’s lovely memoir in verse, Enchanted Air. The winning entries were selected by Engle herself. Winner: London Shah “Desi Donation” Runner-up: Matt Forrest “Last Autumn” Runner-up: Me —… Read More
… even if we don’t notice.
For me, every month is Poetry Month. I write poems every day. Or at least, I start a poem every day. But Thursday, April 21st, is Poem in Your Pocket Day, one of my favorite days of the year. I like all kinds of poetry, but I have a special affection for small poems. Poems… Read More
I’ve been making the same Irish soda bread recipe for decades with little variation– some years I’d add currants, and some years I’d add raisins– depending on what I had on hand. But this year, I made a few changes. I have to adapt all my recipes for altitude baking now, so I made some… Read More
If a poem isn’t coming along very well during my daily writing practice, I look to my writing mentors. I have dozens of poets I read every week–living and no longer living– and I consult with them. Sometimes I will imitate the form of a poem. Sometimes I will take a line and go on… Read More