Today is Blog Tour #10

Hi everyone,

Yesterday was publication day for AFTER DARK, POEMS ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, and I had a great day. My thanks to everyone who helped in some way to make the occasion so special.

Today is Stop #10 on the tour and I’m happy to say that the host is Renee La Tulippe, in Italy over at No Water River ( Most of you know Renee and/or her wonderful achievements in preserving the work and voices of poets. On an early occasion when she interviewed me, for some reason I was full of silly responses and that’s how our relationship began. I’m not sure Renee believes I have a serious thought in my head because when she agreed to host me on this tour I sent her my answers first. Well…

So I’ve been looking forward to seeing today’s post and discover what my patient friend has managed to make of what I sent her. I hope you’ll enjoy her post. I’m quite sure that I will.

Renee, let the fun begin. Seriously.

Word and Theme for November

Hi everyone,

Where or where did October go! Hmmm, I believe I said the same thing about September. Well they both passed too quickly.

So here is a nice shiny new word for November’s W.O.M. Poetry Challenge. It is AWNING. Yup, that’s what I said. Don’t like it, don’t blame me, go after Renee La Tulippe for suggesting it. Besides, I bet you can do all sorts of things with a useful word like awning. Can’t wait for you to prove it!

The Theme for the month is LEAVES. Seems like the right time for that! And guess who suggested it? Well Renee of course. This is the first time in history that the same person has provided both the word and the theme. Naturally the pressure is on Renee to produce some poems this month!


Next year’s poetry workshop guests

Hi everyone,

Once again I want to thank J. Patrick Lewis and Renee La Tulippe for being my special Skype guests during the Poetry for the Delight of It workshop and to poetry editor Rebecca Davis for making a personal appearance at The Barn and giving a presentation on what an editor looks for in poetry.

Next year’s workshop has now been set for September 29-October 2 and I’m delighted to announce that my Skype guests will be Jane Yolen
Jane at Direlton Castle 2010
and Kenn Nesbitt
Kenn Nesbitt Kenn, as you know, followed Pat Lewis as the National Children’s Poet Laueate. Jane is, well, Jane!

In addition, Rebecca Davis has kindly accepted my invitation to return to make another presentation. rebecca-davis

The program isn’t quite completed yet. I expect to have a segment on performance poetry but don’t have all the pieces in place. I’m still waiting on this year’s valuations to see if I need to add other segments.

As before, my cutoff number is fifteen. I hope to see the quota reached early, maybe by the end of this year, and am aware of some who have already indicated their intentions to register. I hope you’ll let others who might be interested know about the date and guests.