Poetry Contest Deadline Extended

contestThe Treasure Time Poetry Contest has extended its deadline to September 10, Tuesday, 2013. Email me your entry! For more information, go to THIS PAGE.

If you have problems with the entry form, just email the poem to me, and I will get back to you with particulars.


Poem Treasure Hunt Day is coming up this weekend . . . . . September 14, 6-9 p.m. Please come out!



Ordinary Madness

buk3Two friends of the museum, Johnny White and Brittanie Schneider (both excellent poets and artists–and I’m not biased, just because they are former students from my lost teaching years) made the latest poet chair for the museum. I love it, and I think you will, too.

Bukowski Chair Slide Show

We tried to capture the ordinary madness that Bukowski wrote of: the pounding of keys against the page until the ink is gone and it is nothing but a glorified hole puncher, the violence and drunk insanity, and aspirations of greatness cuckolded by reality.–Johnny White

Events, Musings

Don’t Fear the Poem

fearDon’t fear the poem.
Baby take my hand.
We’ll be able to fly.
Don’t fear the poem.
La la la la la la la . . .

Apologies to Blue Oyster Cult. When I tell people I am a poet,

A. They run screaming far to uninhabited lands.

B. They want to share their own poems with me.

C. They make a hand gesture to ward off evil.

D. They stare blankly and then change the subject. Continue reading “Don’t Fear the Poem”


ROMP Field Guide


A field guide is a brochure designed to help the reader identify exhibits in a poetry museum or other objects of natural occurrence (e.g. minerals). It is generally designed to be brought into the ‘field’ or local area where such objects exist to help distinguish between similar objects. Field guides are often designed to help users distinguish poets and poems that may be similar in appearance but are not necessarily closely related. Continue reading “ROMP Field Guide”

Events, Musings

Boy in Poetry Museum

My sister took her grandson Mason for a recent visit to the poetry museum. In the Craig’s List poetry exhibit, he ignored the instructions (I love when people do that–I’m serious) and wrote a poem about a vampire:

Vampire bit
and they
went to

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Night of Poetry & Stories

The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry hosted a Tellabration on Nov. 10, 2012, at the museum. Thanks to everyone who turned out. We explored poetry, ate some smores, and told stories around the campfire. Some pictures from the evening can be seen in the following slideshow:

ROMP Tellabration

Continue reading “Night of Poetry & Stories”