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Inspired: A Conversation with Award-Winning Indian Poet Vinita Agrawal

I recently had the distinct honor of getting to know the work of internationally acclaimed Indian poet Vinita Agrawal. She graciously agreed to an international-style interview, in English here and translated into French by Paris-based arts & culture blogger Pravesh Bhurtha, founder of Bollywood Sources, whose mission it is to promote Indian cinema, arts & culture in France. See the French-language version HERE: http://bollywoodfilm.over-blog.com/2016/09/interview-vinita-agrawal-poete.html Thank you to Ms. Agrawal and Mr. Bhurtha for this opportunity…

If You Wish to Make A Pie from Scratch

I’m making blackberry pies this morning and reminded of a poem I wrote last summer. If You Wish To Make a Pie from Scratch, You Must First Invent the Universe Sunday morning, and I’m picking wild blackberries for a pie with my son. He’s seventeen now, big hands thick and rough as paws, yet gentle, deft around the thorns. We glean fruit along the path and because he pours his berries into mine, his bucket…

Make Rejection Your Goal

I have an essay out in the latest issue of River Teeth Literary Journal. The piece, “Dark Secrets of Mother Trees,” reminds me that when it comes to writing, it’s important to slow down and let the words come. And to let the science of the world transform itself into art and poetry. And to be okay with rejection. This essay wasn’t picked up on the first submission. I wrote it more than a year…

Hot Off the Press: New issue of Street Photography Magazine

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity last month to not only travel to London, but also attend the Photo London exposition and contribute a piece to Street Photography Magazine, now out in the new issue. Login, subscribe or buy a single issue to check it out! (Plus the new issue is full of a long list of fantastic and helpful articles). http://streetphotographymagazine.com/issue/issue-37/ #PhotoLondonFair16amwritingArtblackandwhiteLondonphotoPhotographyStreet Photography MagazineStreetphotographyTravelWriting

The Collecting Place

The word “photography” is derived from the Greek words for light and writing or drawing. To write with light is an attempt, I suppose, to net the soul of this life and the invisible fibers of our existence with shadows and illumination. Sometimes at night, I go for runs and walks alone in the city, looking for shadows to net with the camera obscura in my mind, indulging in the surreal, loosened world of lengthened…

Lost and Found

A brief shout out to Found Poetry Review for their excellent outreach to the “masses” to inspire, inform, demystify and teach the art of experimental poetry. I was notified recently that a poem of mine has been selected as an honorable mention winner in this year’s experimental category by the Oregon Poetry Association. It’s a piece I wrote last year during FPR’s April Poetry Month “Oulipo” series. You just never know until you try! And…