Hmmm...well, I am the author of three collections of poetry, Thread Count (2006), Telling Tales of Dusk (2009), and In the Palms of Angels (2011).
It would be really great if everyone in the United States (and hey, why not the rest of the English-speaking countries?) suddenly decided to order a copy of my newest collection (In the Palms of Angels, Press 53), on Amazon, driving a book of POETRY to number ONE! The new book sports an incredible introduction by Ron Powers, author of Mark Twain, a Life, and co-author of True Compass and Flags of Our Fathers.
I've had over 100 poems published in literary journals, anthologies and other publications since I started writing "seriously" in my forties, and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the New Award. I'm interested in exploring fiction, however, so want to try my hand at that as well, although I really love writing poetry. I'm married and have a grown daughter, and live in a town with one stoplight although seriously, it needs two! I love to read, also--and to travel in real life, as well. My favorite large city is Paris, but I really like Chicago, too. I was there for the Christmas parade one year, which was so much fun, I felt like a little kid...happy in the moment...
I write because I have no choice. Sometimes I wake up with a poem in my head and I can't eat or move forward in the day until I get whatever is in my mind, on paper, or onscreen, as it were... And it is a wonderful feeling when you actually connect with readers--when they tell you how much something you have written means to them.
Ted Kooser: Delights & Shadows; Kim Addonizio: What is This Thing Called Love?:Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte; Mere Christianity: C.S. Lewis; A Coney Island of the Mind: Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I also enjoy Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries, and Robert Parker's detective novels. Also, Tennessee Williams, Virginia Woolf, John Irving, Sue Monk Kidd, and funny books like The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love, by Jill Conner Browne.
Thanks for the kind words on 3 a.m.! I appreciate the read.
Terri, thanks for your warm comment on "Perch"!!
Enjoyed the poetry to the max!
So thrilled to find you here Terri!
Thank you so much for your kind comment on Cougar. Yep, it bugs me to death, that term. God.
thank you for your kind words on my story and poem!!
Ah, the swing.
Hey Sam!! Hope you are well...and Meg, love 'ya!
You are here!!! I am so excited!!