How to Radically Empower Your Writing … By Surrendering It

5 Mostly-Practical Ways to Surrender Your Writing to God

About two years ago, while kneeling in a pew at St. Vincent Basilica, I was about ready to throw in the towel with this writing business. That was part of the reason I was on retreat there in the first place. I knew I wanted to be a great writer and somehow glorify God through it. I had … Read more…

How to Turn One Word Prompts Into Cliche-Busting Poems

Turn One-Word Prompts Into Original Poems

In my earlier post on poem starters, I promised I’d write a second article on handling one word prompts. Well, here I am, being as good as my word. One word prompts abound on the Internet, from my 100 Themes challenge to the Wednesday prompts on Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides blog. They’re a great challenge because they force you to … Read more…

100 Themes Poem: “Diptych: A Line in the Snow”

Back with another winter poem! I wasn’t sure I should post this one, just in case I wanted to submit it later for publication. But then I remembered I’d decided my 100 Themes poems would be for sharing. No holding back. 🙂 So here’s my ninth 100 Themes poem, based on the prompt — CUT Honestly, it took … Read more…

100 Themes Poem and Prompt: “The Hill-Top Exile, Dreaming Still”

The Hill-Top Exile, Dreaming Still

Themes of separation and exile seem to be the golden thread running through my poems. I’d almost say it was my “poetic mode.” Or mood. But then, perhaps exile is the essential mode of all poets … since, after all, to be human in this world is to be an exile. All of us long for perfect communion, … Read more…

100 Themes Poem: “On Metros, Eternity and Mozart”

On Metros, Eternity and Mozart - Poem

Poems demand to be written on their own time. That’s one thing I’ve learned from the last few installments of the 100 Themes challenge — you sit down and turn on the writing faucet like a good, dedicated poet, but for all that, the poem comes when it darn well pleases. If you’re present and ready for it, that is. … Read more…