"If one looks at the glacier for long enough, words cease to have any meaning on God’s earth." – Halldór Laxness After months of preparation, there I was, on September 1, 2021, standing on the ground in Iceland at Keflavik Airport—a month of writing (and hiking and exploring) ahead of me at the Gullkistan Center … Continue reading Journeying Heima
As I write, while looking out at the bold, barren, beautiful and rainy Icelandic landscape beyond this window of a cabin here at Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Laugarvatn where I'm at a writer's retreat while on sabbatical—I'm so, so thrilled to announce: my sixth manuscript that I've been working on the last few years, … Continue reading Of Lava and Magma
Hi all. Happy Summer! I write from a world of in-betweens. In between journeys: back from an epic 8,000 mile camping & sight-seeing journey across the country (and back) with my family—a powerfully inspiring trek—and now: preparing to embark on a solo trip to Iceland, where I'll spend the month of September cooped up near … Continue reading Between Journeys
"I light / a small fire in the rain." —Galway Kinnell That line by Kinnell, from one of my favorite books, his amazing "Book of Nightmares" blazed off the page when I first read it as a young man. I'll never forget how that small sentence, how those two lines felt so resonant, ringing and … Continue reading Small Fires
Those who know my poetry know how much time I spend with my ear to the words, tuning and re-tuning, trying to make them sound just right. Poetry IS music, to me. Well, what a delight it is to have a friend on the other end, who then strolls in between the words I've laid down, … Continue reading Deep Resonances
Hello friends, and Happy New Year! So much happens in a decade. One day I received a call in my college office from my brothers in the hospital sitting beside my father, dying suddenly, offering me the chance to say goodbye to him through the cell phone they held up to his ear, … Continue reading The Nourishing Dark
Happy Summer friends, In addition to the joy of several launches of Severance, my latest collection, this spring; this summer there's been a good deal of roadwork on my most recent manuscript, which I hope to complete in the coming months. Underway since 2013, this book is evolving in ways I never could've predicted, and … Continue reading Construction Time Again
Hello friends, Happy Spring! My fourth collection of poems, Severance, is in the world. It is available directly from Salmon Poetry for now, and soon will be available on Amazon and other outlets. I'm thrilled that this book, some 9-10 years in the making, is now reaching audience. I have begun to set up readings, … Continue reading Newsong Begins
Hi friends, This Thursday, April 18, at 8pm at Central Michigan University, I'll be launching Severance, my fourth collection of poems, published this month by Salmon Poetry. I will have copies on hand to sell and sign. I'll be reading with the ever-inspiring Matthew Roberson, who'll be reading from his work-in-progress. If you wish to purchase … Continue reading Severance: Launch!
Hello Friends, I've returned from Portland, OR, where I launched my fourth collection of poems, Severance, at the 2019 AWP Conference. It was terrific to see my publisher Salmon Press's latest crop of amazing books, and to read with my press-mates at Kell's Irish Pub, then again at a reception for Salmon Poets. The book … Continue reading Hot Off the Press
Hello friends, If you or anyone you know will be in Portland, OR, March 27-30 I'll be signing copies of Severance, my soon-to-be-released fourth collection of poems a couple times, and reading a few poems from it at an off-site reading. All events at AWP Conference, except the off-site launch reading on Friday, which is … Continue reading It’s Launch Time!
Hi friends, My fourth collection of poems, Severance, will be published by Salmon Poetry in Ireland in April 2019. Here's a little look behind the curtain. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHAFMzvpMyk —Robert
Hello friends! Quick news: My next book, Severance, my fourth full-length collection of poetry, will be published in April by Salmon Poetry in Ireland. Hopefully, soon, I'll have a cover to show you. The book will be launched Mar 27-30 in Portland, Oregon at The Associated Writing Programs Conference. I'll share details soon about when I'm … Continue reading Severance, Coming Soon
Happy Summer, friends! In addition to continuing work on my most recent manuscript, which is totally out of my control, it seems—and lovingly so—it has also been a time of solicitations and collaborations lately. Last year, I was solicited for a poem on Detroit music for the forthcoming anthology on Michigan State University Press entitled … Continue reading Come Together
In the early spring, I received an email from the magnificent composer David Biedenbender, who'd already composed a piece for my poem "Staying the Night," which has been performed in Idaho, Ohio and Michigan thus far. His composition for "Staying the Night" was already an honor—as David himself was inspired to select that poem from … Continue reading Music into Words into Music
Hello friends! And Happy New Year! 2017 was an especially fruitful year for me that saw the publication of Our Sudden Museum, my most recent collection. I conducted several readings from that book throughout the year, and have been thrilled at its reception by many kind readers. If you've yet to purchase a copy, fret … Continue reading The Year Ahead
Thanks so much to Natalie Tomlin, for her review of Our Sudden Museum in NewPages.com, and to all who take a moment to read it! It is thrilling and gratifying to read another's words about my work. Here is a link, if you'd like to re-post the review--which is so helpful in getting the word out … Continue reading New Review in NewPages!