Photo of Green String Farm byLyle Poulin A few years after finishing my undergraduate degree in creative writing, I apprenticed and worked on small farms, inspired in part by the writing of Wendell Berry. In an interview in one of my favorite magazines at the time, The Sun, Berry had spoken persuasively about the importance … Continue reading Health and Other Worthwhile Things: On The Ecology of Care by Didi Pershouse
I always admire poets who paint a vivid, compelling picture of a setting or situation that seems, on its surface, to be "about" one thing-- but through the smallest inflections and details, suggests something deeper. Carey Taylor is one of these poets, and her new collection The Lure of Impermanence is full of poems like … Continue reading Carey Taylor’s The Lure of Impermanence
Oh, hi. It's me again. Surfacing after months of quiet here on the blog to say, I made a book, and now it's a real and beautiful object in the world, and I'm thrilled. Rupture, Light is a chapbook just published by Finishing Line Press. It's a collection touching on themes of loss, faith, and … Continue reading First Book, First Reading
Last fall, I received the enormous gift of an extended conversation with poet Julie L. Moore, facilitated by Ruminate Magazine. Here is Part 1 of the series "Creative Lives," a slightly edited version of our email exchange in which we discuss the highs and lows of pursuing a life in poetry. In Part 2, we discuss writing … Continue reading Creative Lives: In Conversation with Julie L. Moore at Ruminate Magazine
Here's a poem I wrote in response to Tina Modotti's "Baby Nursing, Mexico City," a 1926 photograph posted as part of Ekphrastic Review's 20 day poetry challenge in September. An ekphrastic poem (from the Greek ekphrasis: ek "out" and phrasis "speak") is a poem inspired by a work of art. It was definitely a challenge, stretching my writing muscles … Continue reading My Poem “An Incomplete Alphabet” at Ekphrastic Review
Take a risk or leap with your creativity and tell me about it in the comments below. If your story grabs me, I'll give you a one-year subscription to my favorite magazine. Yesterday I received Issue 40 of Ruminate Magazine, in which my poem "Yellow" appears, winner of the Janet B. McCabe poetry contest. Entering the contest felt like a … Continue reading Take a Creative Leap & Receive a Gift
Here's a letter I wrote for Dear Earth With Love, a collaborative community chronicle of personal stories about climate change.
Among the many things I love about my adopted hometown of Portland (including great public transit and bike routes, community acupuncture, gardens, and beautiful summers), I love the constant overlap of art with shared public space. The city is full of commissioned sculpture and art installations. Seems like even the tiny corner coffee shop has a … Continue reading we are portland