Dear Friends: My new book of poetry is almost here! Learning to Love a Western Sky will be available from Airlie Press. To Pre-order my new book from Airlie Press go to http://www.airliepress.org/titles
I just wanted to share this lovely video from the late Oregon Poet Laureate, Peter Sears. His project, Expanding Voices, has a message that is so vital now.
It has been like a million years since I have posted on this site for you. That is about to change. I also feel I have been in quarantine for a million years. But it feels okay, not lonely, just contemplative. Here is a poem about living in quarantine at Ruckle Road: Ruckle Road Quarantine … More Quarentine Poem
I like to play with words and words into verses and verses into poems. Who doesn’t? Sometimes a poem is important and moves the moral narrative forward to a better place. These are the poems I love to read and find. But sometimes I like to write poems just for kicks. So here is a … More Sometimes poems are just for kicks
These long days are an invitation to sit by a pond and contemplate nature. In my pond there is a city on legs, and here is a poem on those thoughts. Rings upon rings as if a torrent of rain wants to drown this pond. —Get close and see. These … More The end of June and water skippers
I have been thinking a lot about my father lately. Maybe is because of Father’s Day, maybe because of the transient nature of our existence in this short-lived planet. Regardless of the reason, reading Sandeep Jauhar’s book ‘Heart A History,’ inspired this new poem. I hope you will enjoy it. The organ as a heart … More Pensamientos en el día de los padres
If you are in Salem, come and join us for Ancestral Voices. Salem Public Library from 2-4 PM
Anderson Room B
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My Mother-In-Law, Marge Ettinger passed on May 23. I would like to share with you a villanelle I wrote to celebrate this remarkable woman I had the honor to call Mom. Eulogy for Marge Ettinger May 23, 2019 She lived for the love of wild things, penstemon on a hillside along the Deschutes, but … More Eulogy for Marge
What an amazing experience! It was interesting, confusing, and exhausting. Airlie Press presentation at Devi’s Den was wonderful. Thank you all new and former editors from Airlie Press, it was a night of poetry and camaraderie.
I haven’t been here for way too long. But we are starting a new year and a new emphasis on growth. Today I want to invite you to visit this lovely magazine. I know you will enjoy the art and poetry. http://willawawjournal.com/category/journal/willawaw-journal-winter-2018-issue-5/