In the 1990s, I had two Golden Retrievers that I took over from my mother. She’d found that they needed too much exercise and she didn’t have the energy for them, and […]
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These days, I write about only one subject: my sister’s cancer. It’s the only subject that feels urgent, the one that dominates my days. Even when my sister and I don’t talk […]
Love Songs from the End of the World poetry by Katherine Riegel Main Street Rag Publishing 2019 1. You save money! It’s $8.50 plus shipping right now; the normal price […]
I’m always sure it can’t be real when something good happens for me, especially something having to do with my career. So when my poem appeared on Verse Daily on April 1, […]
A rant in no particular order. 1. I need to lose weight for health reasons (blood pressure, cholesterol, stress on the joints, etc.). I’m not so enlightened that I’d be sorry to […]
I don’t believe there is a strategy that guarantees success, and the things we are so often told to do—because successful writers do them—may not be universal. That is, we think they’re successful strategies because successful writers engage in them, but what if they just work particularly well for those particular writers? What if our own individual processes must be designed specifically for us, an extension of who we are and also a creation of our own weird and wondrous imaginations?
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It’s December 26th—Boxing Day in the U.K.—and my English husband is at work. Here in America, it seems, one day off for Christmas is enough. In England, Boxing Day means shopping, visiting […]
Friends and readers, I’m offering a 4 week online class in poetry starting January 30th! It’s about embracing your “inner weird” and includes exercises to find that unique perspective only you can […]
One of the dumbest things I have ever done in my career as a poet was to waste the opportunity to get feedback on my poems from two advanced-career poets who actually […]
Thanks for lights in the dark afternoons and evenings. Thanks for people saying “Happy holidays,” because it takes a little more thought and goodwill to say those things than the regular “Have […]