Saturday, June 25, 2011

It took a while to get these four books of poetry together in the same volume. But it's finally done.

The Lady from the Dark Green Hills, Carnegie Mellon University Press
The Mating Reflex, Carnegie Mellon University Press
False Statements, Carnegie Mellon University Press
Ham Operator, Ampersand Press

I started writing poetry at the age of 18, published my first poem (in Antioch Review) at nineteen, and I was 26 when Lady from the Hills was published. I stopped writing poetry at the age of 40 when my first novel was published.

The novels really tapped the same creative wellspring and didn't leave a lot left for poetry. But I learned a lot about writing, about the music of language, about finding the right word for the right place, about imagery and metaphor and nuance from all those years of writing poetry.

Now you can get the whole collected works for a mere 3 bucks.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Climate Change

What is it about climate change that stirs such passion?

Why would scientists all over the planet enter into a conspiracy to pull a hoax on the public?

My guy Thorn who lives a pretty low-impact green life, is about to get drawn into all this in a very big way.

The new novel (titled Swelter at the moment) is underway. Planning finished, research done, first scene written. Off to the races.