About this blogOne of America's most revered poets, Adrienne Rich, said, "The moment of change is the only poem." Because the world is always changing, poetry is everywhere, and everything can be versified.
Here, I'll discuss and review contemporary books of poetry, with a focus on writers, publications and organizations based in York County, Pa., and the surrounding region. I'll promote area writers by offering prompts and contests, because I want to foster a spirit of community centered around poets and readers of poetry. This is a place to demystify the art of poetry, to appreciate its economy of language, its precision of image and sound.
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“Our Rarer Monsters” is one of those books I’ve picked up and flipped through many times, reading a poem here and there, before I actually read it chronologically, cover to cover. Some books you can do that with, and some … Continue reading
Sometimes it takes me a little while to write a review, and it has nothing to do with how much I did or didn’t enjoy the book. Sometimes, we read things that make us want to slow down a little, … Continue reading
We’ve seen and read what York poet and educator Melissa Carl can produce under the parameters of form (found poetry) and the constraints of time (a daily writing challenge). But since wrapping up my coverage of her participation in Pulitzer … Continue reading
“Pull me down into the stout mud of buried crayfish and broken clay pots” (p. 20), into the world recreated in the poetry of Steve Ausherman. And hurry, because this place is disappearing. The aim of Ausherman’s chapbook, “Creek Bed … Continue reading
Reader-submitted poem and review: “Poetic Political Satire” by Robert G. Falkenstine of Springettsbury Township
I can’t resist the urge to feature some seasonal poetry. And I don’t mean the season of autumn. I mean election season. Poetry has a strong, rich tradition of being a venue for more than just expressing one’s political beliefs … Continue reading
The word of the day is “nonagenarian.” That means, someone in her 90s. And when that someone in her 90s self-publishes a memoir in verse, illustrated with a life’s worth of personal photos, you show some respect and blog about … Continue reading