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- My full-length collection, Like the O in Hope, will be released on August 1. You can order it at a pre-publication discount from The Poetry Box Select.
- Hermit Feathers Review has accepted two New Bern-themed poems for publication: "Waterway" and "Bayard Wootten." The latter is about a pioneering woman photographer from this city.
- "Fifteen Days of Writing to a Jailbird" will be in Poetry Quarterly's spring issue. "Ticketmaster, 1999" is in that journal's winter issue.
- "Mistakes" received an honorable mention in the 2019 North Carolina Poetry Society contest's Mary Ruffin Poole American Heritage category.
- Red Clay Review out of Central Carolina Community College will publish three of my poems in their upcoming issue with a music theme: "American Music," "Epithalamium," and "In Her Hands"—the latter written for the annual North Carolina Poetry Society sestina contest years ago. It didn't win a prize then, but it'll now see publication!
On a recent photography jaunt, I
I met Mike, who's been a barber in
New Bern for 50 years.
"Window in Florence" received an Award of Excellence at the 29th annual Art from the Heart exhibit in Morehead City, NC, this spring.
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Quotations for writers
“Stephen Dunn: The poetry that ends up mattering speaks to things we half-know but are inarticulate about. It gives us language and the music of language for what we didn’t know we knew. So a combination of insight and beauty. I also liken the writing of it to basketball—you discover that you can be better than yourself for a little while. If you’re writing a good poem, it means you’re discovering things that you didn’t know you knew. In basketball, if you’re hitting your shots, you feel in the realm of the magical.
Timothy Green: Do you think that writing is that same feeling as being 'in the zone'?
Dunn: Yes. But then, almost always, you have to revise.”
—Interview, February 18, 2018
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