Even before 2020 started, I had been wanting to bring a little more magic into every day. Now that it’s here, poetry seems more important than ever.
This year (and beyond), I’ll be writing poetry about nature, connection, life, death, motherhood, and the human condition, to help us find deeper meaning, greater understanding, and to pull ourselves out of our day to day.
To offer a new perspective, comfort, imagination, and reflection in times like these.
But here’s the thing: I don’t want to submit a bunch of my work to some faceless gatekeepers…
…and wait for it to get published
…and hope it resonates with some readers.
I want to give the experience of poetry to you.
And I want you to help shape it. And I want you to be able to create a book that you would want on your bookshelf. Something you’ll actually read, and understand, and share, and be able to come back to again and again.
And that’s why I’m coming directly to you.
So here’s how you can help, if you have the time and inclination:
- Go to my Contact page and let’s start a conversation. I’d love to know your experience with poetry, what it means to you, and why you love/hate it.
- Every month I write a “collective poem” using three words from every new contact. You can join by sharing your three words (any three words—about your day, your life, current mood, whatever comes to mind, etc.) via my Contact page. I’ll cobble them together and write a poem to try to capture our shared experience. Then I’ll email you when the poem is ready! (You can see an example of just such a poem here.)
- Check out my Patreon page. I’ve been doing this writing thing for years, and patronage really does feel like the most sustainable and most beneficial model for the poet AND the readers. And I’d love to hear what you think of my work.
- Finally, tell your friends about me. If you think there’s something here that will resonate with them, connect with them, help them, I hope you’ll share it with them.