Several years ago, a journal published half a poem I’d submitted. I was of “half” a mind to withdraw my submission. Then, I took a step back and thought about why the publication accepting only part of a poem. I suspect the editor felt he was dealing with two poems. I’d entitled the poem PerfectContinue reading “Less than Perfect”
they should dance/dance thru universes leaning-moving we are traveling where are we going if we only knew These words from the Poem Latin & Soul by Hernandez Cruz figuratively dance across the page. The poem reminds me of a dervish, the religious dance performed by Sufis, Muslim ascetics. I also thinkContinue reading “Whirl when you Write”
A black man’s struggle to find a book If you’re a writer and wish to be traditionally published, you must acquire an agent. Agents often ask, “What book is your work similar to?” They want you to list competitive or comparable titles of contemporary best-selling books. This list tells them how to sell or pitchContinue reading “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair”
I don’t need esteem or affection, but I expect respect. No one owes me a reading—unless we are in a graduate-school creative-writing workshop at the University of Alabama. Then you owe me a reading. You sit in a workshop; you endure with patience your peers’ comments, and when your turn comes to comment on theirContinue reading “I Don’t Read Ethnic Stuff”
The photo above was taken at Manchac on Lake Maurepas. I spent a great amount of time on the Mississippi River when I was a kid. The rivers, ponds, lakes and canals of Louisiana frequently appear in my writing. These can be beautiful, reflecting bright cumulous, and they can be nasty, covered in oil andContinue reading “Show it All”
The creation of a poem begins from one position and ends at a different one. The origin and ending seem contradictory, yet there has been no break in the unity of the poem’s creation. Poetry becomes an unforeseen fusion of contradictory elements. A rail of information runs on one side of the poet. On theContinue reading “Poetry: Creation’s Inherent Contradiction”
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