The Opposites of August

August is my favorite month. It always has been. I love August because it is the month, in the northern hemisphere, when one can feel summer in its full, unrestrained power. August means sunshine. August means rich, full, green trees. August means short pants and bare feet. August means the beach. August means swimming. WhenContinue reading “The Opposites of August”

“Voices of Haiti” — Our Common Humanity

I have never seen a more stirring and crafted fusion of poetry, photography, and music, than in “Voices of Haiti: A Post-Quake Odyssey in Verse.” Poet Kwame Dawes, composer and poet Kevin Simmonds, singer Valetta Brinson, and photographer Andre Lambertson combined their significant collective talents to create a masterpiece. “Voices of Haiti” gives voice to HIV-positiveContinue reading ““Voices of Haiti” — Our Common Humanity”

Remembering My Father: Sam Ross 1918-2012

It’s hard to find photographs of my dad by himself. That alone, speaks volumes about the man he was and the life he lived. This photograph, taken at a little restaurant in Ramona, California, near San Diego, captures his generous spirit: his smile, his joy at being with one of his granddaughters, his good humorContinue reading “Remembering My Father: Sam Ross 1918-2012”

Pratt Library Displays “If Mamie Till Was The Mother of God”

As part of their National Poetry Month Celebration, the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland is displaying my poem “If Mamie Till Was The Mother of God” in one of their large windows facing Cathedral Street. I’m humbled that they selected this poem to win their poetry contest, run in conjunction with the literaryContinue reading “Pratt Library Displays “If Mamie Till Was The Mother of God””

Piotr Gwiazda’s “Messages”

Piotr Gwiazda’s new book of poem Messages is a beautiful book that certainly has something to say. Pond Road Press has come up with a unique and interesting kind of publication. Messages is essentially a chapbook of poems, 45 pages, followed by 13 pages of an interview with the poet. This format allows the reader a samplingContinue reading “Piotr Gwiazda’s “Messages””