Sunday, April 8, 2012

National Poetry Month AND NaPoWriMo

April is National Poetry Month here in the United States, and it is NaPoWriMo - National Poetry Writing Month, too.  NaPoWriMo is a challenge to write thirty poems during the thirty days of April.  I am participating this year.  So far I have written seven of the thirty poems, six of which I have published online.

My Poetry Editor blog is registered with NaPoWriMo, and so that is where I am posting links to all my poems.

So Happy National Poetry Month, everyone, and Happy NaPoWriMo, too.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Remembering Cris

It's not like Cris Advincula and I ever met, yet I felt a kinship with him that will last beyond his life and perhaps mine, too.

Today Cris died unexpectedly from complications of diabetes.  He was a young man, on his computer, probably creating compelling poetry or images as was his wont.  He was ever an inspiring and community building man, always with a positive outlook.   Even when the tsunami took everything, still he was able to take it in stride.  His strength and his creativity remain as totems and exemplars to us, we who are left behind to try to grasp some corner of his genius before it is blown off into oblivion by the winds of time.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Poem by Donal Mahoney at Eye On Life

In celebration of memories of New Year's Eves past Donal Mahoney gives us at Eye On Life a fine bit of verse called, A Romeo's Comeuppance.    Elsewhere at Eye On Life the annual poetry contest deadline approaches January 31st, 2012.  Click here for contest rules.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

HUMBUG Poetry Contest

This week only, December 12th through 16th.  Submit a twisted Christmas (or other winter holiday of your choice) poem to The Poetry Locksmith and be entered to win a bag of humbug.  Winner announced on Monday, December 19th.
Contest rules:
  • Previously unpublished poems only
  • No more than two poems per contestant
  • Contest open only to poets in the United States
  • Paste your humbug poems into the body of an email.  NO ATTACHMENTS.
  • Enter "HUMBUG" in the subject line
  • Send the email to me at
  • Include your name and mailing address so we can send you your prize if you win
  • Less than 400 words
  • Approach Christmas (or your preferred holiday) from an unusual angle
After December 19th, all rights revert to the poets.  The bag of humbug will be shipped concurrent with winner announcement.  In addition to the winner, a number of runners up will be published in The Poetry Locksmith at Eye On Life.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Simon Perchik at Eye On Life

This week at Eye On Life, The Poetry Locksmith, it is our pleasure to feature Simon Perchik's poetry. Simon has a unique voice that is worth hearing. I hope you'll stop by and have a look.

In other news, I wrote an article about the new PS900 series power supplies by Ingersoll Rand in an attempt to demystify them. I hope I succeeded. They also came out with a retrofit version designed to ease replacement of the old PS873 series with the new PS900 series. I'll be writing about that soon at Door Hardware Genius.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Being Happy

There is so much that is fun to do.

I wrote a poem and an article about deadbolts , and I published some other poets' poetry, too.

In addition, the weather since Hurricane Irene has been fabulous. The last couple of days I've been able to do some cycling just around the area. But more than that, it's simply wonderful to walk outside when it's neither too hot nor too cold. When the moments are this delicious, it's so much easier to be mindful of them.

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Season of Poetry

I don't know whether I am just getting more involved or whether poetry is getting more popular, but it seems as though there are more and better poetry events happening with greater frequency than in previous years. I am finding it to be an exciting time.

The National Poetry Slam was held in Boston this year, so I had pretty much a front row seat for the whole thing. I was randomly selected to judge two bouts, which in one case got me one of the only seats in the house. All venues were standing room only - that's right, standing room only to see poetry.

It really feels like a new era for poetry with so many young people so involved. This is a great and fantastic thing.