New Paths

Posted on: June 21, 2019

Hello. As most of you are aware, my newest book, EVERYDAY I WILL REMEMBER, is about the Holocaust and the first generation after. It was one of the most intense projects I’ve ever undertaken. Some years in I wrote some poems about the Holocaust, and it nearly did me in:…

Thoughts triggered by Decoration Day

Posted on: May 27, 2019

Hello. Today is one of our more sensible, and I think, important though undervalued, holidays. So of course, that got me thinking about war. Humans have always been at war, even our evolutionary ancestors, like homo Neanderthal, and homo erectus. And even our non-homo relatives: chimpanzees, monkeys fought wars, and…

Words About Words and a Dance

Posted on: March 18, 2019

Hello. Time for another blog. I was thinking about words, the heft of them. And the letters that make up the words. And I started making notes. Well, they turned into something that might one day be itself a poem, but I'm going to experiment a little. This blog is…

Tension and Transparency: Mostly Poetry

Posted on: February 24, 2019

Hello. In my last blog, I talked about the importance of place as it shapes our identity. For a long time, my muse was place, my home town of Croghan, New York. Northern New York--I mean NORTH--to be exact. And it was a small enough town that every kid was…