Bishop Bill Swing

An Author’s Quest

On a visit to his alma mater Kenyon College, Bishop Bill Swing discusses his new book, A Bishop’s Quest, which is both an adventure story and the creation story of United Religions Initiative (uri.org). “During the twenty-seven years that I served as the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, I started on an audacious […]


There are many reasons that knowing other languages enriches our lives. I would go into them, but we all know you, dear readers, are here for poetry and not for musings on multilingualism.  That said, speaking, or reading more than one language is the best thing that could happen to a poet whose muses have […]

My Poetry Sweet Tooth

In a 2001 interview with The Smithsonian, Julia Child, whose kitchen was being packed up to be shipped to the museum, said to the curators of what would eventually be her exhibit, “If we could just have the kitchen and the bedroom, that would be all we need.” I know it amounts to heresy in some […]

Des Moines Iowa

Hitchhiking Prompt

The photo (left) was made on a 1974 hitch to Des Moines, Iowa from NYC. This is a nod to get you started on a short run, or a quick word hike — the subject being your personal experiences with hitchhiking. I’m looking for short, sharp, vivid takes — well-writ experiential souvenirs from the thumb’d road. You may have hitched a lot […]

Word for word

Before there was Word, as a young girl I favored the spiral notebook as a cache of braindump to hold my word for word.  Vault options (a place to keep your words) for writers are endless now, but I still favor paper — college-ruled, wide margins, sturdy front and back cover to keep my words […]

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Changing seasons

Finally, we are changing seasons. This winter, the city services employee had walked from yard to yard carrying a shovel, first locating and then uncovering the meter in order to read it.  Snow layered upon us, dampening our spirits, rendering us unreadable. Winter forces us to hide and keep our core safe. We gather ourselves […]

Devoted to the craft

Being devoted to the craft we’ve chosen, there must be diligent use of our time.  Yet if true measurements were taken each day of time spent, is it possible that we have duped ourselves, and are actually devoted to worrying, email-checking, or staring out the window? What proves our devotion is action. Take, for example, […]