Caspar Buberl’s frieze of marching soldiers, located at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center in Corinth, Mississippi.
Poetry is the most difficult literary discipline of all and I claim no proficiency in it. I do find, however, that making an honest effort, especially with forms unfamiliar to me, improves my writing overall. I wrote the villanelle just published in the Ekphrastic Review some years back. The poem was inspired by Civil War art and was originally published as a front-piece to Dawn Drums, my Civil War novel. Ekphrastic Review editor Lorette Luzajic paired it with a photo of sculptor Caspar Buberl’s 19th Century Civil War frieze. I appreciate her work in finding an image of Caspar’s work that she could share! Here’s the link: http://www.ekphrastic.net
I’ve found that submitting myself to a strict poetical form helps me find clearer focus in all of my writing. I intend my efforts at Tanka to help me write incisive prose. It’s a surprise when one gets published. I thought I’d share the surprise. You’ll have to scroll down a bit, but all of the poems are worthy.
P.S. Those of you who know me are well aware that I shamelessly plagiarise myself! Forgive me!
Here’s a link: https://tankajournal.com/issue.php?id=11&issue=8
Editor Jayne Jaudon included this poem in her excellent poetry blog and I thank her for the honor! Please follow the link to see if my words can aspire to accompanying Ed Haskell’s glowing photo.
Photo by Ed Haskell
John and Audrey Miller and I visited Courtright Reservoir earlier this summer for some high Sierra hiking and climbing. I got an earlier start to our first full day than I’d planned. Coyotes gathered on Spring Dome’s eastern slabs, fifty yards or so from my cot, and greeted dawn with great enthusiasm – woke me up! I wrote a poem about it and Nature Writing’s editor Ron Harton included it on his fine page. Especially note Ed Haskell’s photo! Here’s the link:
Photo by Ed Haskell
An old friend passed away some years back. She was born into a South County pioneer family and, though a world traveler and Berkeley educated, her deepest affection was for her ranch and all the rural folks who make their living from a none too gentle land. I tried to show a little bit of that in this poem. I thank editor Jayne Jaudon Ferrer for including it on her excellent poetry page!
Editor Lorette Luzajic included a new poem of mine in her Ekphrastic Review. She paired it with the photo above that son Jon took some years back. It’s a great treat to me to have my words enhanced by his great images and shared with the world. I’m hoping for a shared book – someday! Here’s the link: