Why Poetry?

Seamus Heaney Amanda Gorman Inauguration Day was an extraordinary day of change and hope in the United States. It was a day filled with emotions, dreams and words……many, many words, and so many of them arrived as poetry. Within minutes of Amanda Gorman’s...

A Writer’s Road: A Poem for the New Year

Happy New Year everyone! A recording of my poem for the new year is just below, but first, in case you didn’t see the post I wrote on social media on December 31st, here is my toast to the year finally behind us, and the one just starting: Here’s to A jab in the...

A Writer’s Road: What I Read in 2020

What a year. I’ve documented a lot of it in this blog, but now it’s time to write an annual post which has nothing whatsoever to do with the pandemic (ostensibly), namely my list of what I read during the year. The list comes with its usual caveat that...

A Writer’s Road: Taking Risks

One of the big ideas that we discuss in Writing Through workshops is taking risks: What is a risk? Are there good and bad risks? How do you decide if a risk is good or bad and how do you choose what to do? When choosing, when do you listen to the advice of others, and...

A Writer’s Road: Hermits

photo courtesy of ancient-origins.net Earlier this week, the New York Times ran a story here about modern day hermits. It seems they live among us everywhere. The hermit lifestyle is no longer only limited to monks and ascetics living in caves, growing foot-long...