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Fear Gags a Poet’s Voice

W. D. Snodgrass collected the Pulitzer Prize for his first book of poems, Heart’s Needle, in 1960. However, with early glory came career pressure, ego issues, loss of relationships, and writer’s block.  Nonetheless, he persisted, even when his art fell out of fashion. An interview with the Paris Review offers an intriguing […]

Artist + Author = Grand Literary Design

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Darryl Moland, a 21st-century Renaissance man, came up with a stunning coffee-table book that celebrates decorative art year-round. This work beautifully migrates from social media to three-dimensional magic. If you want to create your own art book, follow this lesson from a Time Inc. (Southern Living and Cooking Light) print […]

back 2 basics: 7 #twittertips

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Am I flattered when someone with 21,000 Twitter fans follows me? Not necessarily. Scrolling a few seconds through the posts tells me whether that persons sings a one-note song: “Me-me-me-me-me-e-e, please RT me-e-e! Me-me-me-me–it’s all about me-e-e-e!” My answer? “Forget you-ou-ou!” However, anyone who follows these Twitter basics grabs my […]

Off the Grid & Back to My Senses

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Several days ago, I embarked on a long weekend to Maine with the intention of cataloging it on social media. A whale-watching excursion out of Booth Bay—broadcast via Periscope—would be the high point. Fortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. Rough seas scrubbed my rendezvous with the whales. Instead, I disappeared […]

Fall Leavings (poem)

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Canada comes, Cooling the Blue Ridge leaf by leaf, Bronze, copper, and scarlet flame While the morning moon burns white in blue. Umber splotches rosy dogwood, And birds snatch at candy-berry clusters. My face upturns to catch the sun’s glow Through lidded eyes. The wind stirs twigs and branches, Brushing […]