Month: April 2014

Poeta Mundanus

The academic world of poetry has never interested me as much as the mundane world of poetry. Some people might balk at putting “poetry” and “mundane” in the same sentence, but let’s look at the origin of a word that in the popular imagination…

Red Ferns and Red Hounds

If you don’t believe a story Can stay with you in the background Like a picturesque tree you pose before For all of your life, witness this: I loved the baking powder can That Billy saved his money in to buy Those two redbone…

It’s In Your Pocket!

When I first started having my high school students participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day, they thought I was nuts. Carry a poem around in my pocket for a day? What? Take it home and read it to people? What? Have them sign…

Gourd Seed Words on Rocks

Poetry-Finder

I am a thing-finder. I am a word-finder. I am a paper-finder. I cannot walk past something handwritten on a scrap of paper that is lying on the sidewalk or in the ditch or on the seat on the bus. I can’t remember not…

Object Transformation

When I was teaching high school English, I spent the month of April on poetry. Yes, the state was going berserk doing tests, TESTS, T E S T S but in between all that nonsense, it was the perfect time for poetry. (And it’s…