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On imitating Mary Oliver, “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet…”

The New York Times credits Mary Oliver as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.” Sure enough, despite her reclusive nature, Oliver’s poetry seems to effortlessly reach the hearts of millions throughout America and the world. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984 and the National Book Award in 1992, and nearly all of her many collections have topped poetry best-seller lists. … Continue reading On imitating Mary Oliver, “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet…”

Writing Short Poems: 5 Prompts To Get You Started (And My Attempts At Them)

Writing (especially during quarantine) can be challenging. Even with so much time on our hands, sitting at a laptop for long periods of time can be tiring. Just coming up with topics is difficult when the world is limited to the inside of your home. To help rekindle my own (and others) writing inspiration, I thought I would come up with 5 prompts for shorter poems. I hope they inspire you to sit down, if only for a few quick minutes, and get some writing in… Continue reading Writing Short Poems: 5 Prompts To Get You Started (And My Attempts At Them)

Poetry in the Era of COVID-19

When remote learning first started, my English teacher said something along the lines of: “When something bad happens, everyone wants to write a poem about it.”
That line stuck with me because she had a point: the positive, uplifting poems I come across are often completely overshadowed by the thousands of mournful, angry, and disillusioned poems that flood my inbox and fill the pages of my English books. … Continue reading Poetry in the Era of COVID-19

you did not say it,
and I suppose you never meant to but,
I heard it anyway.

three bumps,
three stones that mark the road,
that is and goes to silence.

Eva Schiller 11/5/19

“An ellipsis is a giant ocean of possibilities.”

Jami Attenberg

“I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.”

Nadezhda Mandelstam

“Just make a mark and see where it takes you.”

Peter H. Reynolds

“Do I dare disturb the universe?”

T. S. Eliot

“And wild, wild sings the bird.”

Mary Oliver