Saturday, February 27, 2021

Hopefuly May 1 Will Be Really Spectacular!


     Twice-postponed, this event will happen in two months! Six years ago I was here for my very first event with one book. Now I have six, and if all goes well, my first novel. Yes, I am branching out into literary fiction!

     Stay tuned for more news! Can't back it to Ridgeway, SC? Here are some links for you! Thanks!

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Noon, Tuesday, 2/23, on SCWA Event- Collaboration (and Annual Conference Plug) 

   I will be speaking about collaboration with my collaborator, award-winning artist Carol Worthington-Levy The hour goes fast, and the South Carolina Writers Association puts out some amazing events!

   And the SCWA Annual Conference is virtual! Sign up!

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Louise Glück's "Collected Poems"- What a Treasure 

    Louise Glück truly deserved the Nobel Prize for Literature. I am up to Vita Nova and am increasingly-impressed by each poem. Her take on Greek mythology is superb. I wish I had known about some of these when  I was teaching Mythology a few years ago. 

Monday, February 8, 2021

Happy 80th Birthday, Tom Rush!


     Tom Rush does not have an extensive discography. He has toured for decades, entertained countless people with his guitar virtuosity, mentored musicians, and introduced songs from unknown songwriters whom he helped become famous. Joni Mitchell is one of them.

     My wife and I saw him in 209 at the beautiful Newberry Opera House in Newberry, SC. Tom had several guitars and had no band or other singers. The audience was treated to his artistry, wit, and presence. Afterward, he autographed a CD I bought and we briefly chatted.

     The concept of place is very important in my writings, and I include a link to my favorite song of his, "Merrimac County".

Thursday, February 4, 2021

MUSED Bella Online- Old Poem, New One Appearing Next Issue 

This poem from Saluda Reflections appeared here. I am pleased to say that another poem will appear in the next issue of MUSED, which like so many other publications, went on hiatus during the pandemic.

I enjoy the literary review and am glad to see it coming back. Several of my poems have appeared there.

Link to the book and a few more appear also.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Here's My Take on that Horace Poem- Sapphic Form


Homage to Horace 23


Fawn-like, gently, lovely-limbed, Chloe, maiden!

In the greenwood searching at the break of day.

Cool dew moistens flowing gown, as you wander

     Among leafy trees.


From the edge of meadow wide you I notice.

There I long to see you glide over soft grass.

Morning sunlight breaking through ev’ry long branch

     As you come toward me.

Monday, February 1, 2021

A Poem by Horace to be Reworked

   When the pandemic hit, I signed up for Great Courses. The first one I took was Latin 101. Latin was the first foreign language I formally learned, taking two years in high school. IT was to be my doctoral language at UC-Irvine, served me well in seminary (Lutheran), and always intrigued me. Dr. H-F. Mueller taught the Great Course classes (I am taking his Greek 101 now).

    He recommended this book for further study:, which is where I worked through the gem above.

     Here's an English translation:

    I will post my reworked version later, giving of course due homage to Horace! Here's the original! 

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, ...