Thinking of Bukowski While Gardening in Early Spring

In my last post I mentioned having little trouble writing, but tons of trouble figuring how to come up with an appropriate prompt in an attempt to connect with people via poetry. I want a prompt to have an openness, for it to carry little of my own intention or bias along for the ride,Continue reading “Thinking of Bukowski While Gardening in Early Spring”

WarWithoutWithin – crowdsourced poem #3

You thought you could stymie a poet by only supplying one line, did you? Only two words poetry friends; well you can’t stymie a poet. In response to the prompt, Where have you found yourself?, I received the line, In paradise, from old friend Russel P. Thank you! And of course you have! I thoughtContinue reading “WarWithoutWithin – crowdsourced poem #3”

Something About a Shadow – a collaborative poem

Two days ago I posted a prompt in hopes of creating a collaborative poem from submitted lines. The prompt: where is your shadow? The lines submitted: Hiding inside me Across my chicken coop Always attached to me In the clockwork of the hillside Here is our first pedalpoet collaborative poem: Thank you for participating! AnotherContinue reading “Something About a Shadow – a collaborative poem”

On Writing Poems – part 5 – How to Get Published

Someone wrote to me recently and asked, How do I get my poems published? Man, I wish I could tell you. I wish I could say, just keep writing them, and honing them and, keep at it, and don’t give up; except that isn’t how it works. Poetry, nothing really, is that simple. It gotContinue reading “On Writing Poems – part 5 – How to Get Published”

On Writing Poems – part 4 – Copying

I’ve already proposed you should steal. Now I’m going to encourage you to copy. A lesson I think is quite valuable to keep in mind when attempting to write poetry is to look at other crafts, other arts, and other pursuits for inspiration in regards to systems and ways of thinking, and of process. Let’sContinue reading “On Writing Poems – part 4 – Copying”

Selling Rare Books

Life seems to come in fits and starts. I doubt my experience is unusual in that regard. I seem to uncover truths, meaningful to me in certain moments of clarity, which lead me to a deeper understanding (or the illusion of a deeper understanding) of self; moments like lighthouses defining just enough of the worldContinue reading “Selling Rare Books”

On Writing Poems – part 2 – facing the blank page

Part 1 of this series focused on the idea of practice. That writing poems can be a regular, daily routine, and that a regular practice of editing, repeatedly, is how to nurture your words into poems. Poems rarely come like gifts in the mail. They take work and craft and practice. I started part oneContinue reading “On Writing Poems – part 2 – facing the blank page”