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Are You a Practicing Poet?

Are you a practicing poet?  The new craft book, The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics has in its title a double meaning. As an adjective,…

Prompt: Summer Haiku

Oiran in Summer Kimono – Attributed to Hosoda Eishi (Japan, 1756-1829) – via Wikimedia While we are on vacation this month, we are offering a…

Donald Hall

Donald Hall, a former poet laureate of the United States, died on June 23, 2018. He was 89 and had lived much of his life…

Reading Poetry Like a Professor

I had Billy Collin’s warning about some classes in “Introduction to Poetry” when I encountered an article titled “How to read poetry like a professor.”…

Stories in Verse

Marilyn Nelson has an impressive body of children’s and adult poetry and other books. I had read her book of poems The Fields of Praise:…

Prompt: Hopper and Poetry

I have been a longtime admirer of the haiga which combines haiku poems, calligraphy and painting. Haiga (俳画, haikai drawing) is a style of Japanese…

Prompt: What You Missed In School

All of us missed some things when we were in school. Maybe you are still in school. From kindergarten through graduate school, we all have…