My New Year Gift to You

  • Have you put “writing” on your new year resolutions list?

If you haven’t, maybe you should. Here’s why (just my two cents):

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Happy writing to you!








On the Perks of Aging, Spec Work, & Chicken Soup

“The drive to be successful while still in the first blush of youth … does not apply to the contemplative arts.” My dear fellow writers over 40, we happen to be “in the peak of condition!” as Poirot would say.

“Never work on spec.” — Bob Bly. Watch this video.

Chicken Soup for the Soul wants your stories and poems. Submit.

“About suffering they were never wrong”

David Lehman’s essay on W.H. Auden’s ekphrastic poem.

“I teach poetry in the graduate writing program of the New School in New York,” says David Lehman, “A favorite prompt of mine is to read “Musée des Beaux Arts” and other poems about paintings. Then I suggest that the students visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and write about Brueghel’s sublime depiction of summer, “The Harvesters.” Try it—not in competition with Auden (you can’t win), but with Auden’s marvelous poem as your model.”

My two cents:

Don’t be intimidated by “you can’t win.” Try itnot in competition with anybody, except perhaps yourself. Go ahead, and write your own marvelous poem.


The essay was featured in The Wall Street Journal, Review, Sat/Sun, May 14-15, 2016.