Posts made in May, 2016

My Wobbly Bicycle, 117

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Archive | 9 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 117

Decorating your house, choosing your wardrobe, landscaping your garden, and putting together a book of poems have a lot in common. Thank you, Holly Wren Spalding, for suggesting that I talk about the latter one. She says she’s been gathering information about it for years for her own benefit and for her students, and would like to hear my take on it. Oh dear, Holly. I haven’t gathered any information, so you’re way up on me with that. But I’ve been reading books of poems forever, and I have a feel for the shape of the whole. If you have 25 poems in a book, of course the book should be...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 116

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Archive | 6 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 116

I asked some of Wobbly Bicycle’s most faithful readers what topics they’d like me to dig into.  Here’s the first one from the stack, from Adrian Koesters: “I would love to see a post about how you sustained a long writing life, especially in the face of raising family and all the personal things you went through that have felled or silenced many another writer. I think everybody likes to hear how writers keep going.”   My response: I dunno, it makes me, well, should I say happy to write? I grew up amid a great deal of familial turmoil. I guess I burrowed into my own conch...

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