Friday, February 28, 2014

eight penny day

This morning I found four pennies in
our driveway. This afternoon at work
I found four pennies in the melted snow.
You could almost make a living that way.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

the happy writer

Here's the frontispiece
of a book I'm mending
at the library.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Saint in the Library

Saint Lemonade is in the Current Display at
the library. Someone even has it checked out!
Hopefully it will soon be in a library near you.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

snow bow

The snow is melting, and so
here goes the last bow of the
snow man on the patio.
C'est la vie.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

jon klassen

I've been enjoying Jon Klassen's books

especially the book he made with Ted Kooser

Poet Ted Kooser wrote one of my 
favorite books LOCAL WONDERS
which I'm excited to recall is 
constructed in seasons as my next
book is too. It's an old Haiku way
to make a book.

Friday, February 14, 2014


on a windy day
the seagulls are up
using the sky
to find garbage

*This poem was rejected by
Heroic Seagull Digest

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


I don't have anyone like The Colonel to help me promote
SAINT LEMONADE, but I have a list of 26 libraries to
mail flyers to. It's a start, I reckon...
That reminds me, one of these days I'll post my
little book called ELVIS 42. That might have been
the first self-published book I made. I still remember
the horror of going into a bookstore and asking if
they could sell it. Where was The Colonel then??

Saturday, February 8, 2014

tooth fairy

Our son just lost a loose tooth.
This is a poem I wrote a few teeth ago.
I think the tooth fairy is starting to run
out of ideas...

The Tooth Fairy

Get dressed
drive the car
to the grocery store
the only place open
at this late hour
so in the morning
our son will reach
under his pillow
excited to find
an avacado

mural reminder

By the way, regular readers may remember
this post from last summer:

E, or 3

This is the E from a local hotel sign.
I took this picture last summer when
I was thinking of cover images for
I kept driving downtown and
stopped along Chestnut Street
to photograph the Herald building.
Still, it's a great E and as you'll see
plays an important role in the book.

Friday, February 7, 2014

mike's message

I heard from the great artist and
friend Michael Paulus, who made
the cover for SAINT LEMONADE.
I sent him two copies and he replied:
"arrival today in the portland snow drifts.
It is splendid!...will curl up with my
invisible dog and read by the fireplace."

Mike and I met long ago and
have many projects together.
This is a reminder of our fateful
Super-8 movie, CARUSO:

Thursday, February 6, 2014

larry's letter

I got a message from the great
Ohio poet and publisher Larry Smith.
(Last week I mailed him a copy of

"We've been passing your book around
in the cold Ohio...we alternate between
watching tv and periods of reading and
work. I'm so pleased with the way the
drawings fit in with the writing...and the
writing is so light and smooth. It really
sings. Good work all around...thanks..."

Larry also included this image from
Kenneth Patchen:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

knute skinner's visit

I can't believe the luck!
Knute Skinner and Edna
just showed up at the library
to meet me! He is one of my
favorite poets and was a big help
to me when I wrote my essay on
his friend, poet Robert Huff:

It was wonderful to finally meet Knute.
He and Edna are looking very well.
I told Knute his memoir is one of my
favorite books and he said, "There
should be more like you." Well, if
more people read it they'll see what
a great poet he is. Also, I'm glad
I was able to give him a copy of
their long flight back to Ireland.