I am still learning what he means by this, or
perhaps more importantly, I am unlearning what I
thought I knew about how to write a poem. One thing
I am sure of: the poem always suffers when I try too
And isn’t it this way in our lives, too. I notice
how I can make my life feel quite difficult when I
try to impose my ideas of how it is supposed to be.
But schedules change. Injuries happen. It rains on
the day of our picnic. When I can relax, say “yes”
to the world as it is, well then I notice how much
less I suffer.
My friend Cam Scott, a heckuva poet, recently
cornered me and said, “What’s up with this yes
business?” And so, for Cam, I thought I’d experiment
a bit with no. During a Jennifer Hancock workshop in
Grand Junction, Colorado, writing about the
Apolcalypse, I bowed to Jack’s dictum and obeyed the
form that came.
And guess what, Cam? It was a whole lot of fun to
say yes to the no.
Yes, it was.
To see the poem I wrote and for a writing
prompt of your own, visit
You The Poet
Bringing the Far in Close
Friends Rosemerry and Luis Lopez after a reading
at the studio of Gregory Botts
in Abiquiu, New Mexico. For the poem she wrote
about that evening, click
Coming Soon to a Wall Near
You: I think poems love it when they have the
chance to escape books and fly into other spaces.
One of mine, “Something to Come Nearer To,” was
selected by the Artsmith and
Dwell Press Summer Solstice Broadside Contest.
I am thrilled to join into this collaboration with
Juniper White. Can’t wait to see what she does
through artwork and white space and ancient craft.
To follow the process, visit
Homage to William Stafford:
In November is the release of the anthology A
Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with
William Stafford. It honors the life of one of
America’s finest and most inspirational poets. One
of my poems is in this collection, thank you Becca
Lachman, and Woodley Press.
Good Reads: If you’re
looking for a new book to read,
Story Circle often has great suggestions.
The reviews are on books “by, for and about women.”
They had a few nice things to say about The
Miracle Already Happening. You will find that
The Less I Hold (Turkey Buzzard Press, 2012)
Rosemerry's newest book is now available on this
A Daily Dose of Poetry:
To read my daily poems,
check out my