How I Write, Part 1

November 29, 2023
Papers with a pen

About making love Hemingway said, “It’s always the same but always different.” Poets might say the same about how they write.

A Few Words On “Albatross”

November 22, 2023

Many creatures populate my new book, The Boxer of Quirinal, but today I’m thinking of the singularly impressive albatross.

A Vacant Niche

November 7, 2023
A photo of vacant seats in a theater

I’ve been wondering why no one is writing verse drama these days. Writing stage plays in verse is as old as literature itself.

A Stimulating Conversation with John Barr (originally published by Arte Realizzata)

October 23, 2023
John Barr Photo

“I had the pleasure and honor of asking John if there is a perfect time to write, what the word poetry means to him, his role as President of the Poetry Foundation, and so much more.”

Download Your Gift: The Reader’s Companion To The Boxer Of Quirinal!

October 5, 2023

I’m offering a special gift to my email subscribers: A Reader’s Companion to my new poetry collection, The Boxer of Quirinal, which is complete with commentary on select poems from the book, as well as Rockwell Kent-inspired illustrations created with the assistance of AI!

“Two paths diverged in a yellow wood”

September 25, 2023

“The Road Not Taken” is one of the most-read poems by one of America’s most-read poets. It’s easy to see why. All of us have stood where Robert Frost stood to consider our major choices in life. Whom shall I marry? What will my life’s work be? But for me, at this moment, it brings to mind two great poets who chose different paths, and how that turned out.

A Sneak Peek into A Reader’s Companion to The Boxer of Quirinal

September 20, 2023

I’m delighted to share a gift with my newsletter subscribers: a complimentary Reader’s Companion to my latest poetry collection, The Boxer of Quirinal. In it, I do not explicate the poems; instead, I give a taste of the context in which I was writing — the circumstances that influenced each poem’s coming into being.

The Citizen at the End of the World: The Poet’s Role in Society

August 30, 2023
White man with white hair standing in front of a writing studio

Poetry and personal responsibility has always been a troubling issue for me — and for anyone, I think, who tries to reconcile the lives of poets with their poems.

The Death of Men Who Go Under the Sea

July 31, 2023

It’s the stuff of bad dreams. It comes to us again with the second Titanic sinking. There is no such punishment in Dante’s Inferno, but it lives in other poems. And it goes to sea with every sailor.

What people are saying about The Boxer of Quirinal

July 26, 2023
Photo of a man, John Barr, pulling his book of poetry, The Boxer of Quirinal, off a bookshelf

I’m writing with something to celebrate: Over 5,000 readers have added The Boxer of Quirinal to their to-read list on Goodreads!

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