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...Together they struggled to dislodge it,
casting not to catch, but to repel, this sodden piñata,
picadors revolted by their indolent prey, goading it
past the snags of drooping branches and cypress roots,
until at last a mild current ushered it downstream.
—from "The Loneliness of the Mortal Coil" by Jeanne Julian
Finalist, NCPS Poet Laureate Award
"Speed of Light" and "Beale Street Crowd" are two of the images included in my gallery space at Community Artists Gallery and Studios, an artisan co-op in New Bern.
Quote of the Month
“For me, poetry is an escape. No matter what the subject matter, I think there’s something inspiring and powerful in how the poet shapes the words and delivers the emotion. I try to always read poems on my lunch break for the small shivers of wonder and beauty they give me in the middle of the day. For me, poetry lives between the hum of ordinary moments, providing a spark that lifts us momentarily to something greater. And the best poems I read, the poems I try and fail over and over again to write, embed that spark so deep it stays with you for hours and days and years afterward (think Charles Wright, think Vievee Francis). Enjoy all these poems as you would your favorite snack: cheese and crackers, apple slices, vegetables dunked in ranch. And then smile! Because whoever you are, you’re really great, and I appreciate you reading. Now go be awesome.”
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- I'm interviewed in the Issue 2 of a local arts magazine, Folks Journal. The team of publisher/editors has taken on quite a challenge with this attractive print publication. I wish them well.
- My poem "Meditation, Seaside" is part of the Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts exhibit this summer. For Poetry: Art, visual artists were invited to find inspiration in contributed poems. A portrait of a monk by Rebecca Duncan suits my theme.
- Honored that my poem "The Loneliness of the Mortal Coil" was a finalist for the North Carolina Poetry Society's Poet Laureate Award, with Shelby Stephenson as the judge.
- My poem "Thread," inspired by a quilt crafted by Sally Rowe, has been accepted by Minerva Rising.
- "In the News," the Summer 2018 issue of The Poeming Pigeon (the literary journal issued by The Poetry Box), will include my sarcastic poem "Security."