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John Keats

Firefly Farms. A lovely named place, isn’t it? Like "Little-Piece-of-Heaven." Firefly Farms at Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, TN, recently hosted a workshop called, Let the Confluence of Rhythm Begin, by Sandra Marchetti. Among many lessons, I took away the reminder to sound-map poems to discover nonce forms: How many verbs are here? How is K an offensive letter? How is J stirring? L, soft? "Letters have different personalities," Marchetti urged. And...


I’m writing this post—and a few other things—on my first summer day of liberation from teaching and administration, and it feels wonderful! Of course, by the time this post appears (in a month), the summer will feel half over—it will indeed be half over, as classes start mid-August. But for the moment, I’m reminded that writing is fun, especially when it’s not squeezed into the hour here or there available during the school year. And that I’m lucky to be able to write poems and prose,...

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