Friday, April 24, 2020

COVID-19 Giving You the Blues? Read some Poetry

   How could it not give us the blues? I am not on the front lines, but I know many who are. It will really hit me in a few months, when travel is impossible or restricted. In my poetry I write about places where I have lived or been, and reading them again helps somewhat.
  And there are other vendors, of course. If you can find a cheaper price, wonderful! And if you live in the US or Canada, contact me about a signed copy! I can still ship books out. Thanks!
   Note All in the Family is only available from either myself or my wonderful artist friend, Carol Worthington-Levy. Saluda Reflection is not available in an e-book.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Great David Brooks Column on "Coddling"

    I tweeted about this. Years ago I taught a lot of pre-med students at the University of California-Irvine, and I saw how competitive medical school admission was.

     When I spoke with a student who was slacking in a high school class, usually my German III Honors, or a lower-level class, I asked what they planned to do in college. Most of the time I heard they intended to go to medical or pharmacological school.

     Then I told them that a passing grade in medical school was a 85. Their jaws would drop. I added that in medicine there was often no time to consult someone or to look up information. One simply had to know.

    That carries over to other fields of study, and in life overall, as well. Attorneys have to knew precedents. People who speak another language have to know the language.

    I am reading that Atlantic article Brooks mentioned. I hope I will not become disgusted and need medical assistance, especially with COVID-19 afflicting us!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

From my Most Mystical book, "Gemini"

  This poem depicts a highly surreal set of encounters and then turns to reflections on the place I used to live. My wife and I decided against moving there (she has never been there at all), which was a good decision; not that California was bad, but things worked out very well all the same for us.

Gemini is available from the usual vendors, but only in paperback! No electronic versions,, worry!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Catfish Stew Available Soon from the SC Writers Association

    Not the actual food, but the SCWA's anthology! I am honored to have a poem appearing in it and to be included with so many fine writers.

     Originally the launch was to have been at our Annual Conference the last weekend in April. There was also to have been an opportunity to read aloud at an open mic. 

    Covid-19 changed that, as it has so much else in the world. Soon there will be an online purchase option for this publication. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

5 Years "Places and Times". My First Book of Poetry

 Five years ago today I became a published poet. eLectio Publishing released "Places and Times" April 7, 2015 The cover is from the award-winning artist, Carol Worthington-Levy. The book sells well at events. It is available from the usual vendors, but the publisher adds a free eBook when you purchase a paperback.*-p49408222

Following is a link from my dear friend and colleague, Pastor Miriam Gross from New York. Most of it is in German, since she serves a German Lutheran parish. But she reads a poem from the book about a city we both love.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

LitHub Post about Plath's and Faulkner's (Separate) Love Loves

     If you do not subscribe already to the LitHub, consider doing so. It is free, and if there is nothing there that interests you it is easily deleted. However, most days I find something that catches my interest. 

Reviews Are So Very Important to Writers, and So Hard to Get

      When my first poetry book was published seven years ago, I dutifully asked readers/friends to review it. That book, Places and Times, ...