Poet Feature: Pamela Johnson Parker

My next poetry month interview is with my friend Pamela Johnson Parker. She and I were in Murray State's low-residency MFA program together, and she got me through my first couple of semesters when I completely doubted myself!  Why do you write poetry? The world is a wonderland, as Alice discovered; it’s “curiouser and curiouser.” I try to make sense of time, travel, travail through language. Who is your favorite poet and how has he/she influenced you?  Today, my favorite poet is John Keats for his lush language, palpable imagery, and the essence…Read more …
Writing Lessons: It Doesn’t Get Easier

Writing Lessons: It Doesn’t Get Easier

I subscribe to a blog called Marginalia, which involves a series of letters written between two female writers: Nancy Peacock and Karen Salyer McElmurray. Karen is a creative non fiction prof/mentor in my MFA program at Murray State. I studied poetry back then, so I never had the chance to have her as my mentor, but I have had the privilege of hearing her read and hearing her give a craft lesson. Anyway, Marginalia is simply two writers musing about writing, but it is such a wonderful blog full of both realism and…Read more …

Poet Feature: Nicole Rollender

The next poet for poetry month interviews is Nicole Rollender. I welcome her to my space today!  Why do you write poetry?  The simplest answer is that I write because I can’t live a life of not-writing. Though I’m reluctant to use the word compulsion here, I am compelled to write. I write to survive. I also write my way out of loneliness, fear, despair and other feelings that start in what can become one’s personal abyss. I write because I realize that as we live on earth, we’re moving toward an afterlife.…Read more …
The Eleventh Hour

The Eleventh Hour

"If any have tarried even until the eleventh hour, let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness; for the Lord, who is jealous of his honor, will accept the last even as the first; he gives rest unto him who comes at the eleventh hour, even as unto him who has wrought from the first hour.  And he shows mercy upon the last, and cares for the first; and to the one he gives, and upon the other he bestows gifts. And he both accepts the deeds, and welcomes the intention, and…Read more …

Poet Feature: Brianna Pike

April is National Poetry Month! This month I'll be interviewing several poets here on the blog! The first poet is my friend Brianna Pike, who was in my MFA program at Murray State. At the end of the interview, poets are allowed a "Free Space" where they can say anything they want to about themselves and poetry.  Why do you write poetry? Writing poetry is my way of making sense of the world. I've kept a journal since I was a kid and gradually as I began to read more and discovered poetry, I…Read more …