Welcome…

…to my thoughts about being an English teacher, a reader, and a person who believes in the value of writing. To keep myself disciplined, and to keep myself writing for an audience, however small it may be, I have created this site in order to blog and to share my poetry.  I need this discipline in order to understand what’s on my mind. As E.M. Forester famously said, “How do I know what I think until I hear what I say?” Or there’s Picasso: “To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing.”

You’ll find my blog at the “Home” page. (I’m still working on renaming it) You’ll find a growing anthology of my poems under “Poems.”

Although I’m retired from the classroom, teaching has long been my passion and, given today’s political culture, is often a source of  real Del @ CWP copyconcern.  This is a picture of me, taken around 2002, during the Invitational Summer Institute of the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University, which offered me the most engaging, vital, and useful professional development of my career.

I love to interpret, review, and generally yack about literature–what I’m reading, have read, and have taught.   I can start by Version 2saying I love Mark Twain’s skepticism and scathing wit, but Shakespeare, Faulkner, and Toni Morrison are also high on my favorites list.

My memories–of travel and family and friends–will sometimes be recorded here. This picture sMemories copyhows me leaving Devil Island, in the Penobscot Bay, where my family has joined crowds of old friends for over a dozen summers over the last twenty-five years. Devil Island may be my favorite place in the world.

And no matter what the category, if an idea knocks, I may write about it on  the blog–because this is where I want to work as a writer, trying to understand myself, others, and language by shaping thoughts into words and by allowing words to shape my thoughts. Which may sound ponderous, if not pretentious, but which is actually lots of fun.