Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A Letter to a Young Nurse in Advanced Composition

Hello C--,

Thank you for your email and openness! I, too, didn't really know how to write well when I was in college. A Philosophy professor called me in his office and said I understood the concepts, but I wasn't a good writer. I asked, "What do I do?" He said to keep a journal and carry a thesaurus. Those journals became poems, and that gained me the insight into writing.

That was during my first degree in Computer Systems. When I was a programmer/analyst, I was stuck in a horrible corporate world. I looked around my cubicle at the poems I wrote and decided I needed to get a second degree in English, which launched me into grad school and away from that previous life of unhappiness.

I guess what I'm saying is: You are following your dreams, I'm sure. I am glad to be a part of that.

As far as your writing, yes, I give feedback and chances to improve. I also highlight positive things, too.

I'm looking forward to reading.

All Best,

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ultimate Topeka, Kansas

With the number of books titled by places, it seems fitting that I am headed to the ultimate name for my manuscript.

Arcadia, Indiana
Detroit Detroit

Monday, April 24, 2017

July submissions

Pleiades: http://www.pleiadesmag.com/submit/

I-70 Review: https://www.facebook.com/I-70-Review-210299072332194/


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Day

history, personal and public
myth of Psyche and Cupid
courtly love
my boys

Monday, February 13, 2017


Radius, weekly
Strike Out, daily in June
Hot Fuss, April daily

Revise TRU

Friday, donut poems

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Donut Poem

Hey, know of anyone interested in this?
I’m editing an anthology of donut poems.
Have you published any donut poems, know of any published donut poems, or want to write a donut poem?
The submission window will open APRIL 1, but I am trying to give poets enough notice in hopes they will write a poem or two before the deadline ends. Here are the guidelines.

Call for Submissions for an Anthology of Donut Poems

To be published by Terrapin Books, fall 2017
Edited by Jason Lee Brown and Shanie Latham
Anthology will be 6 x 9 paperback, perfect bound, color cover, and printed spine.
Submission Period: April 1, 2017, through May 31, 2017
We will consider up to five published or unpublished poems about any kind of donut, e.g., jelly donut, sugar, powdered, glazed, Boston cream, donut holes, cruller, long john, fritter, pączki, oliebollen, ponchik, fánk.
Send us your poems about making donuts, eating donuts, donuts and family rituals or traditions, your love or fear of donuts, your first donut, a memory associated with donuts, cops and donuts, a fight over donuts, a dream or a nightmare about donuts.
We will consider previously published poems provided the author is able to grant permission for Terrapin Books to republish the poems.
If a poem has been previously published, please indicate the book title with publisher and year, or the journal name and year.
Submit poems in one file via Submittable.
In the cover letter area, include a bio of 50-75 words, written in the third-person.
Each contributor will receive one contributor’s copy.
No fee.
See website for full guidelines: http://www.terrapinbooks.com/donut-anthology.html


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Re-examing poetry

I realize that a lot of the figurative in poetry can also be in the context of how something is written. Maybe I should introduce this broader range of things--how prose poetry can work.

The figurative could be the public and the private are the same.

Also, the private writing vs. the public. We are taught that we can't read a poem as if it is from the personal experience of the writer. However, I have heard the most horrid attacks in the guise of poetry. Poetry is a higher form of ethics.

The figurative is in the context. The reader also creates the meaning behind a poem.

Share what happened with the Conceptualists.

Conceptual poetry is different than Conceptualism.

We will take each poem on its own terms, while understanding poetry is a personal art form and honor that. Can a poem be too personal, but still accept that poem as a poem and make comments without the "you"?

The workshop example will show the difference between constructive criticism and negative criticism. No markthroughs.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Movies and Poetry