Tag Archives: Chronogram

A Good Writing Exercise for the Laundromat

Writing prompts have become my secret weapon. Here’s one from Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit: Learn It And Use It For Life. “Give Yourself a Little Challenge” “George Harrison once decided, as a game, to write a song based … Continue reading

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Bruce Weber and I Collaborate on a Poem (It gets wackier)

The August issue of Chronogram published a collaborative poem by Bruce Weber and myself. Lines Never Written by e.e. cummings under a gray sky epiphanies linger like frost on the tongue sparrows taste best when swallowed by the sea moose … Continue reading

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Nothing Triggers Memories like Music: A Hoboken Poem

Peter Aaron writes such solid music profiles for Chronogram. His account of Tommy Stinson, who began playing bass for the Replacements before he finished junior high school, sent me back to Hoboken in the 1980s, when their albums owned my … Continue reading

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Searching For My Bumper Sticker

(Over the years I’ve published various poems and essays in Chronogram magazine. This one remains my favorite.) Searching For My Bumper Sticker I grew up in a suburban family with a lively sense of bumper stickers. First the Rambler, then … Continue reading

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The Chronogram Poets: Molly McGlennen

(“McGlennen’s title belies the grandeur and tragedy of these diverse and deft lyrics about Native Americans. The author, who is part Anishinaabe, is, like her subjects, rooted in their majestic respect for the ordinary… These poems are elegiac and heart-rending,” … Continue reading

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The Chronogram Poets: George Quasha

(“English owes its magisterial authority to poets like George Quasha. He finds its frontiers and surveys them. But he is concerned with more than the aeronautics of words—he choreographs their dance with his ideas,” writes Djelloul Marbrook in his Chronogram … Continue reading

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The Chronogram Poets: Barbara Louise Ungar

(Reviewing Barbara Louise Ungar’s Charlotte Bronte, You Ruined My Life for the November Chronogram poetry roundup, Lee Gould observed that “Ungar’s far-reaching third collection treats, in various ways, failed love…Although heart-wrenching and sometimes angry, the poems are witty and always … Continue reading

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The Chronogram Poets: Barbara Blatner

(Reviewing Barbara Blatner’s The Still Position in the November Chronogram roundup, Lee Gould writes that “Blatner addresses her dying mother in a verse memoir of unflinching physicality: In these vivid imagistic poems, we see the weakening mother become a swamped … Continue reading

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The Chronogram Poets: Matthew J. Spireng

(In the November Chronogram poetry roundup, Djelloul Marbrook writes of Matthew J. Spireng’s What Focus Is: “Spireng is a poet of place, space, and creatureliness–the book begins with a drowning horse and ends with a pigeon attending a poetry festival. … Continue reading

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The Chronogram Poets: Anna Moschovakis

(“These wise poems are warm, often funny, linguistically lively, and beautiful,” writes Lee Gould of Anna Moschovakis’ new book, You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake, in the November Chronogram poetry roundup. On Sunday, November 27th Moschovakis will read … Continue reading

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