The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words


I self-published a book of poems when I was 19. Print-on-demand websites like Lulu were just beginning to gain popularity. I’m one of those people who has been a writer … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment


The Power of Poetry – Duncan Shields Poetry uses language to surpass language. That is the central thought I’ve come to believe during my relationship with the spoken and written … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 2 Comments


DISASTER Men kept smiling at you today, but you felt like a disaster. You were an influenza epidemic, you were Hurricane Katrina, you were a four-car pileup, and there they … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

QOTD- Trigger Warnings

  I don’t usually grab questions from the headlines, but last week I read something that made me wonder. It seems that students at a few institutions of higher learning … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

QOTD – Spoil-By Date…

*Warning: There are “not really” any Game of Thrones spoilers in the following text.  There is, however, a semi-spoiler for the HIMYM finale.  Deal with it* GRRM did it again … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

QOTD – March 6 – Feels Like the First Time

March 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

QOTD- Does It Really Matter?

There are a lot of options out there, you guys. I’ve been hearing lots of chatter lately about music and how it should be listened to from other people who, like me, take … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

QOTD – Power Rankings – Your Top Five

I was listening to TBD in the AM on CBS Sports radio this morning on my drive in to work.  I do this a lot. I used to listen to … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · 4 Comments

QOTD – February 5 – Children’s Literature

I’m keeping today’s QOTD short and sweet: What is your favorite Children’s Book and why?

February 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

QOTD – January 17 – When Do The Classics Just Become Old?

My students don’t farm, so Of Mice and Men seems like a terrible choice for most of them. There are some students who will understand, and maybe even appreciate, the bond … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · 6 Comments

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