During my mentorship with poet Jim Moore, I wrote this poem based on the title from Tomas Tranströmer’s “April and Silence.” While my poem and Tranströmer’s are different in their themes, this title is often one that comes to mind during the month of April.
“[Tomas Tranströmer] has perfected a particular kind of epiphanic lyric, often in quatrains, in which nature is the active energizing subject, and the self (if the self is present at all) is the object.” Katie Peterson, Boston Review as quoted by Poetry Foundation; italics mine When I was researching Tomas […]
The poem “Kyrie” by Tomas Tranströmer entered my life when I read it in college. But, it became a transformative influence on my poetry after my middle son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2001. Since then I have written two poems based on this poem–one using the title […]
The first time I read the poetry of Tomas Tranströmer, I knew I had met a kindred spirit. He creates a mood that I understand even though my experiences and direct culture are not exactly the same. I had this same feeling when I read Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called […]
Mary Oliver’s poetry first inspired me during my college years. The two poems below were influenced in structure and title by Oliver’s poem “Rain.” They are included in The Last Time We Were Children: The Tenth Anniversary Edition.
Lyric poetry is broad in its definition. It isn’t confined to one form. A poet can write a sonnet, villanelle, or a pantoum, and the poem can be classified as lyrical. A free verse poem may also be considered lyrical. Haiku can be considered lyrical. The key is to write […]
Join me each Wednesday for this virtual reading experience as I read a selection from Redefined: A Year of Poetry. By the end of the year, I will have read 52 of the 366 poems contained in this collection. I encourage you to subscribe to this blog in order to […]
As I considered which Mary Oliver poem to focus on this week, I discovered that her most famous poem is “The Summer Day.” I was surprised. Despite its cherry-picked commodification, the poem is responsible for pulling so many new readers into verse’s thralls, a difficult thing to do in an […]
I encountered Mary Oliver through her poetry during my last semester of college. Up until that point, my college career had focused on professional writing per my degree requirements. I chose to take what I considered to be a bonus course to finish out my creative writing minor. In this […]