Neal Peckens and Jason Hiser Found! TY S&R!!!

Hi friends! Neal and Jason were found yesterday! Our gratitude and love to the search and rescue people at Glacier! Thank you!!

“Missing hikers Neal Peckens and Jason Hiser spent an additional five nights in the backcountry of Glacier National Park than they anticipated.”

Read the rest of the incredible story here!

POST 600!!!!! Plus a poem by Kay Ryan

Wow!!! I can hardly believe it but we’ve reached post 600! Let’s throw a party 🙂
Need another reason to throw a party? I will have two poems in print (some of us still care about print) in the new EveryDayPoets Anthology 2. More on that book to come…

Now, let’s get back to poetry. Today’s poem is from Kay Ryan as featured on American Life in Poetry! Enjoy!

American Life in Poetry: Column 391
Kay Ryan was our nation’s Poet Laureate at The Library of Congress for the 2008-2010 terms.
Her poetry is celebrated for its compression; she can get a great deal into a few words. Here’s an
example of a poem swift and accurate as a dart.


We say
A pin hole
of light. We
can’t imagine
how bright
more of it
could be,
the way
this much
defeats night.
It almost
isn’t fair,
poked this,
with such
a small act
to vanquish

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2011 by Kay Ryan, whose most recent book of poems is Odd Blocks, Selected and New Poems, Carcanet Press, 2011. Poem reprinted from Poetry, October 2011, by permission of Kay Ryan and the publisher. Introduction copyright 2012 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

American Life in Poetry ©2006 The Poetry Foundation
This column does not accept unsolicited poetry.

going away for awhile…

Hi my readers!
Off to New Zealand tomorrow~AH! So excited! I’m sure I will have plenty to write about at the end of the month when I return…. maybe I’ll even try to scan in some of my “famous” journal sketches! I also have plans to start a Press Send Poetry Facebook fan page for when I get back… so for those of you on FB, stay tuned!

In the meantime, there is plenty of poetry here to keep you occupied for more than a few weeks…. Start at the beginning and just keep reading. Then, tell me what you think 🙂

Until, until,

500 posts!!! 500 poems!

it’s hard for me to believe that this is my 500th post. when i started this blog, i never imagined that i could keep it going – i mean i hoped i could – but… sometimes i’m so afraid that the inspiration will just stop, like turning off a faucet,
and if that happens, i guess i’ll just quietly slip away
until then – i’m so glad you, whoever you are, find this worthwhile to read
and i hope you take this time to go back through all 500…

poetry is

so i was conducting a little experiment on Twitter – looking for the answer to the question “what is poetry” with the hashtag #poetryis – and i figured before i give it my own twist, i’d reach out here as well. so this weekend, take a moment to leave a comment here. and if you need some inspiration, check out my poetry or the great poets at

enjoy –

hurricane irene

to all my peeps in the East, stay safe! i am currently hunked down with some M&Ms, beer, and beef jerkey awaiting the storm, watching too many hours of Weather Channel…..

earthquake to hurricane!? what could possibly be next?!

selfishly i’ll say to you, a good time to catch up on your poetry? yes, i think so!

stay safe!

wireless issues….

Hello everyone! Just a quick blog update – I’m having some wireless networking issues at home, which is why the poetry posting has been a little erratic. I am hoping to get back on track by next week. Thanks for hanging in there with me!! Be sure to check out posts from past months, and even last year! Have a great day!