I Believe (after Ron Shelton)

I believe in the image, the line, the stanza, the iambic foot, the per­fect word. Asso­nance, slant rhymes, that the for­mal forms still have a place in mod­ern poetry. I believe that Shake­speare wrote the plays. I believe in a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment out­law­ing poetry about poetry and the use of the word “suf­fuse.” I believe in revi­sion, inter­lin­ear trans­la­tions, pub­lish­ing in print — not on-line, and I believe in long, slow, deep, wet poems that last three days.

Books of June

A writer's notes about books. Here are the books I read and listened to in June. Read: A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James In which there are a damned sight more than seven killings. Some of the narrative is true in a broad … [Continue reading]

All In

Russian Prints Quilt

Recently, after many years of being away from the art of putting pieces of fabric together with lengths of thread, I bought a new sewing machine. A sewing machine that requires not one but two getting acquainted classes for the new user, and whose … [Continue reading]


I don’t like calamari. It’s not a big deal, but it’s emphatic. I really don’t like the stuff. It’s rubbery and unpleasant in the mouth and it tastes like dead fish. So I don’t like calamari. I’m surrounded by people who loooove calamari so I … [Continue reading]