Thursday, June 22, 2006


My friend and poet buddy Alvin Ens published a second volume of his poems, I Am the Poem, in 2005. I just got the news that his book won a 2006 Word Guild Award in the "Special Books" category. That award, along with dozens more Canadian writing awards, was announced at a special gala in Toronto on June 14th.

Congratulations, Alvin!!

A sampling of Alvin's poetry:

- Let Your Light So Shine

- Clearly

- The Loop

- Find the Mind

Thursday, June 08, 2006

A Pastan Feast

Today’s poem in the Writer’s Almanac, "After an Absence," is by Linda Pastan. Reading it reminds me again how much I enjoy her. So for your reading pleasure and mine, here is a Pastan feast:

Three early poems dated 1998: "The Laws of Primogeniture," "Vermilion" and "An Early Afterlife"

Some poems from her book Carnival Evening: "Almanac of Last Things," "News of the World" "Carnival Evening" and "What We Want."

And from The Last Uncle: "Women on the Shore," "Cossacks," "The Last Uncle," "Grace" "Practicing" and "The Months."


If you want still more, here is her article "Old Age is Not for Cowards" and an interview of her, both from Norton Poets Online.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Fooling with words

Since taking down the shingle of my medical transcription business, time for writing (especially in the morning, when I’m at my best) has expanded. It’s wonderful!

Yesterday I spent most of my writing day working on poetry. I took a stack of poems that are in the various stages of completion and spent a lazy hour or two tweaking. I planned what I’ll read on the 13th (Blue Moon Reading Series - Clearbrook Library sponsored by MSA Poets Potpourri-Society). Then I started surfing the net, looking for thoughts on the topic I’ve chosen for my next FellowScript column.

In that search, I came across Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers – a site that features readings from the Dodge Poetry festival 1998. You can read poems by 21 poets and listen to / watch selected readers (Sharon Olds, Marge Piercy, Susan Hirshfield), perform their work.

Besides being introduced to some really great poems, how better to prepare for a poetry reading than by listening to the pros read their work.

The 11th biennial Dodge Poetry Festival happens this year - September 28-October 1