• Creativity,  Life,  Poetry,  Process,  Writing

    Blackout Poetry: Finding Stories in the Words

    Imagine looking at a page full of words and seeing a story begin to appear. That’s what happens with blackout poetry. It’s the story you tell from the words already told… mostly. Let me show you what I mean…. Here’s how to create your own blackout poetry: Gather your supplies: a page from a book, newspaper, or magazine a permanent…

  • Great Reads,  Poetry,  Writing

    poemcrazy…. {Great Reads}

    Dear Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge, You had me at, “I’m a collector of many things.” Proudly stated in the opening chapter of her book, Wooldridge’s lead-in to her collection of words starts by revealing she’s a collector of a great many things. Hmmmm….. feels familiar….. Add her thoughts on the writing style of e.e. cummings (irreverent, playing with words while breaking all the rules), and I was…

  • Life,  Poetry,  Truth,  Writing

    Of All the Places….

      of all the places, i remember it best.       our house on the corner – suburban Miami circa 1970s: 3 bedrooms. long hallway. “florida” room. tall heater on the living room wall. a front porch for making mud pies. sunday dinners on the homemade table. jumping fish. spilled spaghetti…. slid right off the plate! boy, was mom…

  • Life,  Poetry,  Process,  Stories from the Art,  Writing

    The Poetry We Live

    I often stand at our fridge, looking at the dozens of words, all magnetized and waiting to be noticed, moved, and meshed into a poem or story. I wait to see what jumps out at me – combinations of words that take on a life of their own. A few months ago, four words stood out – each in its own place on the fridge,…