Life’s Labyrinth in Embracing Our Creativity

Last night, I was gifted with the opportunity to read for Howard County Poetry and Literary Society (HoCoPoLitSo)'s Wilde Readings series. I read an excerpt from the third chapter of my novel, Fossil Five, where Cassandra reads a letter she wrote to herself five years ago. Personally, it's an incredibly ironic moment, as my own … Continue reading Life’s Labyrinth in Embracing Our Creativity

Celebrating Poetry In April: 30. The World Is Too Much With Us, William Wordsworth

Hello, everyone. Well, we are at our end. 30 days of sonnets celebrating National Poetry Month brings us to my favorite sonnet that I've been using in my classrooms and citing in my writing for decades. I'm happy to end this journey by sharing William Wordsworth's "The World Is Too Much With Us." As I … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry In April: 30. The World Is Too Much With Us, William Wordsworth

Celebrating Poetry in April: 29. Sonnet 23 by William Shakespeare

Hello, everyone. Today, for our second-to-last sonnet in honor of National Poetry Month, I have chosen Sonnet 23 by William Shakespeare. It's one of my favorites for so many reasons. Primarily, though, I appreciate Shakespeare's play on words, using them to describe his inability to put into words the love he has for another. As … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 29. Sonnet 23 by William Shakespeare

Celebrating Poetry In April: 28. How Do I Love Thee? By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Welcome, all. For the third-to-last sonnet that I will be sharing with you during National Poetry Month, I chose to read to you Elizabeth Barrett Browning's classic Sonnet 43, "How Do I Love Thee?" It's such a simple poem that's been parodied as much as it has been praised. As we have seen in so … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry In April: 28. How Do I Love Thee? By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Celebrating Poetry In April: 27. O Solitude! by John Keats

Good afternoon, all. Today is April 27, and we are now in our final four of sonnets for National Poetry Month. Today's selection is a return to Keats, one of my favorite romantic poets. Like all the good romantics, it finds the beauty in nature and, in this poem, solitude. "O Solitude! If I Must … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry In April: 27. O Solitude! by John Keats

Celebrating Poetry in April: 26. Sonnet 18 by Shakespeare

Welcome to day 26 of National Poetry Month! As we near the end of the month, I will be sharing with you some of my all-time favorite sonnets. For tonight, I am reading Shakespeare's sonnet 18, one of his most famous love sonnets. It captures the common theme of love transcending life here on earth. … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 26. Sonnet 18 by Shakespeare

Celebrating Poetry in April: 25. Life and Death, by Cosmo Monkhouse

Welcome to day 25 of National Poetry Month. Tonight I am featuring a British poet of the Victorian era, William Cosmo Monkhouse, who was also an art critic in his prime. This sonnet, in the Petrarchan form, personifies Life and Death. Enjoy! 🙂 Life and Death, by William Cosmo Monkhouse From morn to eve they … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 25. Life and Death, by Cosmo Monkhouse

Celebrating Poetry in April: 24. A Timid Grace, by Charles Lamb

Good evening, all 🙂 Today's sonnet is by Charles Lamb, another romantic British poet who traveled in the same circle with Wordsworth, Coleridge, and others. His biographer, E.V. Lucas, even dubbed him the "most lovable figure in English literature." Today I share with you Lamb's sonnet, "A Timid Grace Sits Trembling In Her Eye." A … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 24. A Timid Grace, by Charles Lamb

Celebrating Poetry in April: 22. “Grasshopper and Cricket” by Mary Russell Mitford

Happy Earth Day, to all. I remember turning the earth 50 years ago with my 5-year-old classmates as we planted little saplings at our elementary school. Now, 50 years later, I look back and savor the many hours I have spent on trails and shores, appreciating the earth. So much of my writing is inspired … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 22. “Grasshopper and Cricket” by Mary Russell Mitford

Celebrating Poetry in April: 21. “Anthem for Doomed Youth,” by Wilfred Owen

Welcome back. For today's poem, I decided to dip into the 20th century with a sonnet by Wilfred Owen, a British poet and soldier who died in battle in World War I. Wilfred wrote poetry for just about a year and died a few months after penning this poem, ironically, and sadly, called, "Anthem for … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 21. “Anthem for Doomed Youth,” by Wilfred Owen