An Inspired Partnership: The Artistry of Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning

By Kevin Belmonte I well remember what it was like to listen to the "Songs from Albion" disc the first time when it was released in 1992. I'd read volume one of The Paradise War, by Stephen Lawhead, and this new album from Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning offered a cycle of songs that was as fully …

The wrong question

I recently started working on a book of my thoughts on the writing process and living a writing life, from my perspective as a "part-time poet" who happens to write a lot of different kinds of things on a near-daily basis. The excerpt below is from a chapter on writing to be read, and it …

Found

Are not all poems found poems? Are not all poets failed poets failing in a form fated to fail? Poetry is not truth, but the last gasp of revelation after hearing the truest word. The poet speaks in tongues to a world that cannot bear truth, whose words are woodpeckers at the rotting beam, wind …

DO Cross The Streams

Dr. Egon Spengler: There's something very important I forgot to tell you. Dr. Peter Venkman: What? Dr. Egon Spengler: Don't cross the streams. Dr. Peter Venkman: Why? Dr. Egon Spengler: It would be bad. Dr. Peter Venkman: I'm fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, "bad"? Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to imagine …

Ashes

The featured image and the following poem are part of a larger collection (titled "Transit") which was the result of a collaboration with photographer Tom Darin Liskey in the spring of 2020. It was an honor to work with Tom, whose photography I have admired for many years. We are currently preparing this collection for …

Essential Work

Sitting on the back porch of 2020, watching for the sun to rise on the next year, I am grateful for our common task that binds us - this essential work of loving in the time we have to love. Let's get busy with that, shall we? And in the meantime, I share some excerpts …