Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
|Photo Courtesy of Rachel Morello, WLRN Miami News|
Quite a few of my favorite poets are appearing at the Book Fair this year, beginning with Sharon Olds, Mary Jo Salter, Robert Pinsky, Campbell McGrath and Richard Blanco and ending with a reading by the Miami Poetry Collective!
My retired colleague and friend Andy Grof, will be reading from his novel as well!
He shared my quote on his syndicated site: Latino Quote of the Day
“At 50+ I can claim many freedoms I did not possess before—my hair is thinner but my skin is thicker—I can take rejection and criticism and stand my ground better…”
- Beatriz F. Fernandez, Puerto Rican/Peruvian author.
Latino Quote Of The Day™ is curated by Bobby Gonzalez.
Bobby González is a nationally known multicultural motivational speaker, storyteller and poet. Born and raised in raised in the South Bronx, New York City, he grew up in a bicultural environment. Bobby draws on his Native American (Taino) and Latino (Puerto Rican) roots to offer a unique repertoire of discourses, readings and performances that celebrates his indigenous heritage.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
The best experience for me, naturally, was the poetry workshop held by FIU professor and poet Campbell McGrath. We discussed various styles of poetry and then he assigned us two poems and then we read them and discussed them in class. He said one of my poems was "terrific" and told me to go home and write some more! When Campbell McGrath tells you that, you dare not disobey!
Lynne Barrett led us through a breakdown of good fiction-writing practices by using Hansel and Gretel as an example of an enduring and effective story. This was a very interesting method which clarified many things in my mind even though I'm not writing fiction right now.
I wish I could have attended all the sessions and events but I wasn't able to--the activities began at 7:30 in the morning and lasted until the evening with breaks for meals. I met many nice people and was very impressed with the level of writing of the participants,
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
“To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen.... And yet there was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The poems were inspired by Holiday's beautiful painting, shown below and on the website.
The Society consists of a group of poets dedicated to the revival and proliferation of good, new poetry that follows classical forms. See the website if you are interested in joining.
Read my poems here.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
I discovered Cyclamens and Swords by reading another poet's bio! The title was so intriguing that I had to check it out!
The turnaround was so quick because I submitted my entry very close to the deadline, not deliberately--I just happened to come upon it the day before!So far this year, I've had four poems published and one awarded 2nd place in a contest, but who's counting? I hope I didn't just jinx myself!
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
"Very Truly Yours, Irene Norton, née Adler" is a re-imagining of the relationship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler. I find Irene Adler one of the most fascinating of his female characters, especially since she only appears in one story (the first!) and we know so little about her. That makes her fair game, as far as I'm concerned! In my persona poems, I like to choose voices of people or fictional characters we know very little about in the personal sense, that way I can let my imagination run free! They may be famous, but have left little correspondence, or there may be some controversy about their motivation.
Another poem, "The Point of No Return" appears in Spark's Volume II, which is hot off the presses as of today! You can buy it at Amazon or directly from their site.
Every time I start to get discouraged with my writing, something positive like this happens and motivates me to continue! I just hope I don't get too addicted to this happening in such a timely way!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I am very excited to be part of Spark's next volume. They have great contests which award not only cash prizes and publication, but also subscriptions and books!
Monday, April 08, 2013
Celebrating National Poetry Month by reading my poem on WRLN as part of the O'Miami Poetry Festival.
This particular poem was inspired by a cousin's visit from Puerto Rico, during which he told me of his condition. These things are hard to process without poetry--I'm even more grateful than ever that I can do so!
However, the post is mostly about finding my mentor, Andrea Hollander, and how with her help I was able to overcome mental barriers to writing poetry that I had always struggled with over the years.
Being able to express myself effectively via poetry feels like being able to take a deep breath for the first time in my life!