How does a poem get where it is going?

I got an email from my friend Gay today. Did she know–all the way out there on the left coast–that I was missing Billy? How on earth could she know that? And yet she did, and sent a link to this wonderful video of The Man Himself. And after you’ve...

Open some days, closed others

Sent by a reader named Ann Moore, taken on a cozy corner of Culebra, Puerto Rico, on a trip there with students last spring. I don’t know about you, but I think Island Woman is on to...

A is for advocate

We fight for men and women whose poetry is not yet written. –Robert Gould Shaw, abolitionist In 2008, I will be a better advocate for those who need—and want—my advocacy. Long ago on a faraway planet, I once worked in an organization where I sat through a management...

B is for “be FOR something”

There is no virtue in being uncritical nor is it a habit to which the young are given. But criticism is only the burying beetle that gets rid of what is dead, and, since the world lives by creative and constructive forces, and not by negation and destruction, it is...