Winter Hours, by Mary Oliver Ever wonder how a writer comes about? Particularly a poet? Mary Oliver’s book sets you at ground level in that regard. The teacher in her lies deep within her poetic nature, and every person jousting with words on the page in hopes of becoming a true poet would gain from…

Distinctive Poetic Styles

In the past two posts, we’ve hopefully drawn a line of demarcation between poetry and prose, and we’ve witnessed two distinct styles and voices as applied uniquely to poetry.   Mustin’s poem, Metamorphosis II, takes the reader quickly through a philosophical dance concerning the nature of cities. Here we get that cities have difficulties; they,…

Playing With Time

In this poem by talented writer, Jane Mary Curran, We see a difference in style, and a different approach to the subject matter. We’ll get to the comparisons in the next post, but for now let’s take a look at this very well done poem: HOLLYHOCKS nod in the dusky air by the old smoke…

The Word Ominous

A neighbor recently asked me about my publishing and writing, and I quickly mentioned the two poetry books out on my press this month (coincidentally National Poetry Month). He gave me a wicked smile as he asked, “Isn’t poetry just another way of writing prose? You just cut out the punctuation and break the sentences…

Co-Opting Art

    He Held Radical Light – The Art of Faith,The Faith of Art, by Christian Wiman Wiman is one those I call pie men – he’s had his hand in too many things over the span of his years to identify him with any one mental discipline – and yet he’s no DaVinci either….

The Beast of Poetry

  Ordinary Beast, by Nicole Sealey Poetry has been a freewheeling affair for some decades now. Villanelles, sestinas, sonnets, and even blank verse have been flung away like so many McDonald’s wrappers. Free verse has edged closer to prose with prose poems. One wag has put it that poetic subject matter can be categorized as…

Coming To Terms With Love Of Our World

  Ever heard of hyperreality? You can look it up, but in a few words it’s a confusion of the real with the technically-enhanced versions of reality. This is the burden of our modern world. As we withdraw deeper and deeper into AI (Artificial Intelligence) we become more fearful of what we perceive of as…