Poetry as Prayer

I’ve always been very interested in the idea of writing poetry as an act of prayer or as a spiritual praxis. What is your favorite book, article, quote, or other resource touching on this? Here’s one of my many favorites…


Flowers from our rain garden…

… in a beautiful bowl created by the multi-talented Melissa Ostrom (@melostrom) which she donated in support of @cuvaj_se. Melissa is obviously an artistic double threat as both a potter and a poet.

Bird in snow

Before I was going to be a poet, I was going to be a photographer. I recently found a cache of images from then.


Rejection Slips

I found a stash of rejections slips from my first attempt at being a poet in the mid-80s to early 90s. I’d like to share the ones from @NimrodJournal, @BPJTweets, and The Threepenny Review  instead of actually writing tonight.

I kind of miss those days. The wait times were longer and simultaneous submissions weren’t the norm, but responses only arrived once a day. There was also a visceral sense of accomplishment available when you looked at your pile of rejection slips that just can’t be duplicated with email and Submittable.

I don’t think I ever tried Nimrod again.