To Poet School You Go

You are an English major because you don’t know what you want to do with your life, and reading and writing are like breathing to you, the easiest paths to sure As.  You haven’t particularly devoted yourself to them.  They just are what you do without much effort.  Your mother read to you a lot. […]

Ole Miss vs. The Klan as Clown

Thanks to the Huffington Post, I found this video of last week’s so-called Klan rally at Ole Miss. Watch it. Watch it through to the end. Ole Miss probably has the longest and most painful history of race issues of any university in our state. They’re the school known to the world for closing their […]

Racism Doesn't Know it's Racist

I was eleven years old before I understood that the N word was offensive.  I’ve told this before to friends, and some have denied that this is even possible, but it was the 1970s in a small town in Mississippi.  I had been punished for saying words like gosh and darn and even fudge in […]

Facebook, Poetry, and a Crisis of Audience

Once my nephew got in trouble at school for clowning around.  His mother did the only thing she could do and told him to quit that.  He said, “But you don’t know how hard I worked to become the class clown.” I feel his pain.  Entertaining others is a big job.  Attempting to do it […]

Blogging the Novel and Other Indiscretions

Why do I want to blog a novel and/or a collection of poems?  Because I can.  Because it provides a necessary creative outlet for me.  Because the blog provides a space for meaningful experimentation in both process and craft.  Because the world is full of fiction and poetry blogs, and mine might as well be […]

From the Haphazard Kitchen

It’s summer.  That means I’m supposed to surface from the vast ocean of mental activities I’ve been nearly drowning in for months and actually notice the world around me.  It means I’m supposed to start caring about my health again, start cooking instead of poking things at random in the microwave. This may require baby […]

Meet the New Look

I’ve dilly-dallied, moved around, taken long vacations from blogging and made every other possible wrong move with my blog the last couple of years if my goal is to establish and maintain an audience.  And here I am moving yet again.  I’ve tried to give out only the url the past few month because […]

Hello Again

I’m moving the blog again, but this time the url is following.  🙂 Most of my content is still at, but that will all be changing soon.  Not much to look at here yet.  Ya’ll come back.