throwing the compass
into the tall grass—
the feet giddy with possibility
I tend to be a
very practical person. Getting lost usually
feels antithetical to efficiency. But when
writing poems, it’s the very best thing we can
do. One of the promises I make myself every day
when I sit down to write is that I will not know
the ending. When we already know where we will
arrive, as my friend Kathryn Bass says, we
create an “emergency exit,” which allows us to
eject from the poem before it has taught us
whatever it is it has to teach us. And I’ve
noticed the more comfortable I get with letting
the poem lead me, the more comfortable I am with
letting life lead me. There are so many gifts in
a poetry practice—how profoundly it changes the
way we engage with the world.
I hope to see you in
my workshops or to speak with you about
on one. And
here are poems for you to read.
In this 22-minute radio interview on
KDNK, Rosemerry and Lucky Nestler
discuss what it means to show up for
your writing practice.
Virtual Tour of a Playshop: Blogger Shelley
Widhalm chronicled her time with Rosemerry in
Loveland, CO, in this informative, inspiring
Peace in a Time of Intolerance: In light of
recent difficult news events, Rosemerry wrote this
poem, picked up by the Colorado Independent.
Finding the Good News and Sharing It: That’s
what they do at gratefulness.org, and to that end
they picked up Rosemerry’s poem about being open to
The Love of Art: Every month, Rattle
Poetry hosts the Ekphrastic Challenge,
encouraging poets to respond to art. Rosemerry’s
poem was editor’s choice for the July image by
Samantha Gee, a joy to collaborate with a new
What Do You Call A Group of
Poets? A Heard! I’ve partnered with the San Juan
Independent to launch an interactive poetry map,
Heard of Poets: Poems from Colorado’s Western Slope.
Each week we feature a new poet.
A Daily Dose of Poetry:
Read my daily poems on my blog.
PDF of Rosemery's 2017 Schedule here!
(for printing and emailing)