Hello friends. Spring is officially here. The calendar tells me so. Today is a cold spring day in Chicago. Lots of art focuses on the renewal of spring as something to celebrate. And usually in spring my spirits are lifted, but sometimes, I experience a moment of missing winter. Not the frigid temps and winds and snows but the mindset of winter. I feel unprepared, like I need a few more days. So that's what inspired me to share "The Enkindled Spring" by D. H. Lawrence. … [Read more...]
Can Poetry Matter?
As I have said in earlier blogs, I always knew I wanted to be a writer. (And I feel fortunate that my path seemed so clear for me.) One article that helped me to think about being a writer, a poet in particular, was Dana Gioa’s “Can Poetry Matter?” which first ran way back in May 1991 in The Atlantic Monthly. The essays begins: "American Poetry now belongs to a subculture. No longer part of the mainstream of artistic and intellectual life, it has become the specialized … [Read more...]