July 10, 2013
Feedback, reading experience. My two weaknesses are 1.) getting out of my own head; and 2.) navigating the publishing process. I think a group of writers might help with either of those issues--at very least they will help with getting me out of my head.
Some Words by Dayna Patterson at Wilderness Interface Zone.
At this moment I would say I appreciate the work of Charles Simic the most, with Louise Gluck or Mary Oliver as close seconds. I grew up with Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Poe, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Walt Whitman, TS Eliott, Dylan Thomas, etc. I have a special regard for e.e. cummings.
I have written on both sides of that question. I like hidden rhymes, freer forms, looser meter more than I like strict form with end line rhymes.
My formal education gave me a rich background in language, literature, and history. I sidestepped getting a degree in English or Creative Writing because at the time that choice was made, I did not value such things as much as I had in the past, but I have always had, as John Adams put it, a poet in my pocket, even when I was not actively writing.
I write poetry, short stories, non-fiction (Russian and military history), 2 still-born novels. Teaching is my day job. Born/raised near St. Louis. Married to Mary. We have 4 kids. 25 years in the area.