Last year, I caught my favorite poet Billy Collins at a reading in San Diego. In the interview section of the evening, Dean Nelson from Point Loma University asked him to share some advice he gives to his poetry students. Without having to think about it, Collins said, “Dare to be clear.”
A few months ago, my newest book released to the public. Seeing as I had already submitted its first draft over a year ago, it was such a relief to finally have this baby of mine out in the world and available to sit on other people’s shelves. (It’s amazing how long the book-publishing process […]
Last week somebody sent out a tweet quoting an old Polish proverb. It went like this: “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” I read it and laughed. I laughed because I happened to be visiting some friends in a small town who were up in arms about the location of a proposed playground. The proposed playground had the entire town at each others’ throats. I’ll repeat that: a proposed playground was dividing families, churches, school boards and on and on.