I made a paper-bag puppet yesterday along with the young writers at Writopia Lab's half-day camp. It had large, bug-eyes and orange wings. When you opened its puppet-mouth, its superheroine secret "weapon" burst forth: an oval "song." It's Cicada-Woman! The kids wrote dialogues with their puppets as characters---a fun way to collaborate and a good step … Continue reading Newness


My shelf of how-to-write-creatively books is pretty small, but since someone asked me today, I made a quick list: Claims for Poetry, ed. Donald Hall. Some of my favorite essays on poetry are collected here. The Making of a Poem, eds. Mark Strand and Eavan Boland. Lovely to read this primer on poetic forms, partly … Continue reading How-to

Center stage

At last night's benefit performance of Indian classical dance by the students and teacher at my daughter's dance school, Naatya Ranga Performing Arts, all the young dancers' talent and hard work delighted a packed auditorium. Poetry took the stage, too, with poets Meerabai and Andal serving as inspiration for two of the dances. I wish someone would post their videos … Continue reading Center stage

Exquisite memory

Our collaborative poems in last night's salon bloomed like cacao flowers, right out of the bark of memory's tree. Sending out my gratitude and love to everyone who shared in this summer's literary salons, making the evenings so beautiful with your words---   1 For her faux leather Louis Vuitton bag, which was not Louis Vuitton and her "Music Box Dancer" ringtone, … Continue reading Exquisite memory