The Story Behind the Poems (Plus Audio)

the sunfish, around whom / jellyfish revolve like planetsEvery poem begins somewhere. Compose Journal asked me to write a few words about the three poems that appeared in their Autumn issue.

It was fun to recall where they first took shape — from a Belgian Inn in the Cotswolds to a train platform in London, drawing on figures as different as Neruda, Proust, and Feynman.

Modern science is showing us that reading poems, unlike reading an instruction manual, lights up the parts of our brain that deal with music, memory, and introspection. I suppose you could say it is from those places in particular that these three poems emerged. (more…)

Read the full story here.

<a href="" target="_blank">Listen to audio recordings of the poems here</a>

Read the text of the poems here

Three Poems in Compose Journal Online

Compose Fall 2013Compose is a new online literary journal with a lovely elegant design and a strong lineup of contributors. I am pleased to have three new poems featured in their Autumn issue.

I wrote a bit about the genesis of these poems for their blog, which should be released shortly, so I won’t say too much more about that yet. For now, enjoy the current issue, with its wealth of artwork, fiction, poetry, and special features — all freely available online.