"Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as
painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not,
learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself."
-- Truman Capote
Journalism is only one of my
passions as a writer. When I'm not writing about subtitle-D landfills
or traffic snarls (or lately, writing about agenda setting theory or
Internet indecency legislation), I write creatively. Mostly I have
written poetry and a little prose. My interest recently has tended
more toward novels and plays. However, that stuff is not quite ready
to leave the confines of my computer.
"Life can't ever really defeat a writer who is in love with
writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death -- fascinating,
cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant."
-- Edna Ferber
- Honey and Ginger Look for
- A favorite of several of my friends, this poem
was inspired by two girls in an English Lit class, one named Honey
and the other Ginger. I was musing about how evocative those names
were, and this poem just kind of wrote itself.
- C.K. Williams Reads at Laurel
- Writing titles for my works is something with
which I constantly struggle. So I end up too often with a label title
like this one. The poem is, indeed, about the poet C.K. Williams and
his reading at Laurel Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn. Laurel Theatre is a
converted church and one of the lovelier places I know to have a
- All the Words that I
- I was looking at the tension between my artistic
and archival tendencies when I wrote this poem. I have been known
to scratch out a story or a poem on whatever is handy. I'm not too
proud write on a cocktail napkin if that's what's available. However,
I have a horrible tendency to save all those little bits of paper, as
the poem says, "just in case."
- July Berries
- This poem is
about one of the true joys of summer in Tennessee.