I am honored to hold the title Poet Laureate of Oshkosh. However, I know the role was not created to celebrate my poetry, but to foster poetry in Oshkosh. I read poetry and I write poetry. But I never really tried to celebrate it. So this role has helped me to examine the value of … Continue reading Writers Impact Now
My publisher wanted a dedication for my book. I jumped at the opportunity. Here is that dedication: To my wife, Linda, and my children, Kristen, Morgan, and Sawyer. They give me a warm, full life that inspires me to write that also includes two beautiful grandsons, Aiden and Callan. However, this is the dedication I … Continue reading Changing My Dedication
. True poetry begins in taking away words and rearranging the remaining ones.
A person that does it should be cancelled. But should a character in a book?
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we write poems to encapsulate something we want to remember.
My novel comes out next month (December 2021). I worked hard to be vulnerable and put my own pain into my character. Now that is so close, I am worried how friends and family will perceive my main character as me. The character, Mikey Haskell, does some terrible things. Will they think that I wanted … Continue reading Shattered- A Novel
Immediately after saying we should not engage in negativity on social media, I put a comment on someone's blog post. I replied To say the only way to be enlightened is to listen to someone that you already agree with is troubling. Their reply was: Are you offended? Am I not entitled to agree with … Continue reading Adulting is so hard
I have been thinking about how our culture works right now. With social media, people are attaining power and money over us by making us angry. That anger divides us. Making people angry simply works for people and organizations that don’t want us to think reasonably. Facebook makes money and political groups fire up their … Continue reading Our Friends Made Us Do It
A book or an article about Oprah’s life would be an important read. But a poem that goes through the emotions someone has towards their abuser is immediate and powerful.