Category Archives: Gathering Tinder

A Feast of Words for Thanksgiving

Around here—in the USA, that is—folks are gearing up for Thanksgiving. Let me pause for a moment to welcome my international followers! Thanks for being here! I love having fellow bards scattered around the world, and I value your perspectives. You may … Continue reading

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Find Your Voices

Do you remember voices more clearly than faces? When it comes to memories of my friends and loved ones, I do. Guffaws, giggles, grumbles, and groans freckle my childhood memories. Snippets of past conversations mark the plot developments of my … Continue reading

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Reckless Writing!

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a brief hiatus from Hearth Bard these past few weeks. A technical writing contract and a convergence of familial special occasions drew me away  for a while. What Hearth Bard musings have been … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day, Father’s Day…and Disciplining Your Poems

More on the thematic thread of laws and constraints in a moment…first: Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Approaching! It’s time to start brainstorming ways to celebrate the beloved parental-types in your life this year. Might I suggest a few little … Continue reading

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Dance to Your Life’s Pulse

“There is no more subtly powerful compeller than rhythm.”  – Baron Wormser and David Cappella in Teaching the Art of Poetry Yes, poetry involves recording details and implying our reactions to them. But that is true of most writing. Poetry … Continue reading

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Hunt for Treasure in Your Moments

Conjure one of your most crisp memories. I suggest a positive one — I’m not looking to send anyone into emotional turmoil here. Pick a moment that seared itself into your mind so vividly that you can travel back to … Continue reading

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By a Hair

Let’s make sure we’re all on the same page from the start. What makes a piece of writing a poem? When I pose this question to a class or workshop, a similar set of answers usually surfaces. “Poems rhyme!” “They … Continue reading

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Nourish the Rich Inner Life of a Poet

We live in a culture that is both word wealthy and impoverished. We enjoy greater access to information, ideas, and each other than ever before. On the other hand, we spend a great deal of time rushing around and fretting … Continue reading

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