Month: April 2012

Pocket a Poem and Be Proud

If you have a tendency to pick up various items throughout the day and put them in your pocket, then today is the day for you. One of those various items you need to purposely put in your pocket today is a poem. Yes,…

April Magician

Houdini was an Aries like me. So was Charlie Chaplin. Traditional straightjacket magic, magic of A hop and fluster. I did not have magic— Fire sign with no magic.  I have no cape With moons and shooting stars. Handcuffs Stymie me. I cannot walk…

You are the Fog

“What is troublesome about poets sequestered at the university is that unless we go to trade school or are exempt as trust-fund cases, in the sight of potential employers we might as well bear the mark of the beast. As a result, the university…

Stubborn

I am the blackjack oak protecting herself with a 2nd set of leaves. If I’m shorn of one by chance or natural means I will produce the other.

The First Exhibit

I have completed my first exhibit in the museum. It is called Marginalia—and it was inspired by Billy Collins’ poem of the same name and made possible by a 1928 textbook called Selections from English Literature. This textbook, which I bought in a Salvation…

Oklahoma’s True Poet Laureate: Woody Guthrie

My students have been studying the life and work of Woody Guthrie. It’s his centennial, and good old Oklahoma is finally coming around to see what an important man this guy from Okemah really was. My fellow Okies tend to hold a grudge for…