I must respectfully disagree…

A lot of folks know that, because of the way I go about the practice of writing poetry, I rarely submit work to literary journals. Today, after receiving email from a list I am subscribed to, I was reading a submissions FAQ when I came upon the following: We like seeing that numerous poems in the [...]

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Something to keep in mind

In 1987, The Style Council released their third studio album, The Cost of Loving. The album’s fourth song, ‘Fairy Tales’, is sung using feminine pronouns—clearly referring to Margaret Thatcher, then Prime Minister of the UK—but the first verse of the lyrics is printed as follows: The giant towers over all But from close distance he don’t seem [...]

How do we eliminate hate? A partial list

On one of my social media accounts, someone responded to a re-post of my poem "I have questions" by asking, "how do we eliminate hate?" My response: The emotion itself probably cannot be eliminated. Neither can the anger, jealousy, and insecurity that fuel it. After all, we are human, so we feel things. We can, [...]

Kevin’s Rules of Poetry Reading Etiquette (the concise list version)

The following is based on fifteen months of poetry readings and open mics. I fully intend to post a more rant-y version of this later to reflect a couple of recent experiences; for now, I think this simple list will be appropriate: Kevin’s Rules of Poetry Reading Etiquette for poets, hosts, and audiences Poets Keep [...]

A wordy post about my approach to poetry

Poetry I had something of an epiphany last weekend: I largely prefer hearing poetry recited to actually reading it. I’m surprised I didn’t figure this out sooner. After all, I have been going to poetry readings for about a year now—but I own very few books of poetry, and rarely seek it out online. Most [...]