• taking the ekphrastic challenge

    Taking the Ekphrastic Challenge

      A year ago I saw the phrase “ekphrastic challenge” and had no idea what it meant. Since then I’ve entered more than a few ekphrastic challenges and hope you do too. My first was at Rattle.com.…

  • cemetery challenge poetry

    A Walk Amongst the Stones

      A recent visit to the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery (in San Diego, California) inspired this poem. Whenever I go there I’m struck with how many thousands of lives are gone – – and what stories they…

  • Why write poetry

    Who Gives a Rip About Poetry?

    In the last few weeks I signed up to take two poetry seminars. Both were cancelled for lack of interest. A novel-writing course at the same venue was so popular they had to add a second session. Which lead me…

  • #WritersLife

    [Challenge] From My Facebook Page

    Come on over and join the WritersLife Facebook page. More challenges, contests, and conversation with authors of all genres. Being a writer doesn’t mean that’s all you do in life! Below is a fun exercise you may…

  • emily dickinson

    [Challenge] Finish Emily’s Poem

    I stole this idea from American Scholar. Using the first two lines of an Emily Dickinson (unfinished?) poem, readers were challenged to write the last two lines – being sure to use at least one  of Emily’s…

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