How Soccer (Fútbol) is Like a Sonnet #Poetry #Sonnet #Soccer #Fútbol

Tonight we celebrated the end of my son’s first year of varsity soccer. In honor of that achievement, allow me to share with you a sonnet I wrote three years ago when I spoke at the girls soccer banquet where I teach. Believe it or not, soccer is like a sonnet. Both require hard work. … More How Soccer (Fútbol) is Like a Sonnet #Poetry #Sonnet #Soccer #Fútbol

Allium Homage: A Lighthearted Blackout Poem #Onions #Garlic #BlackoutPoetry #Poem

I dedicate tonight’s Blackout Poem to my mother-in-law, Bonnie, who is the queen of garlic. She cuts up and eats raw garlic with nearly every dinner, including (BRACE YOURSELF!) pancakes. I still remember my initiation into the Stitt family upon first meeting my wife’s older brothers. You like garlic? Here, try this. As an Italian, … More Allium Homage: A Lighthearted Blackout Poem #Onions #Garlic #BlackoutPoetry #Poem

Wendell Berry Wednesdays: Be Present #Poetry #Vacation #Present #WendellBerry

Wendell Berry never ceases to amaze me. Here, I am reminded of the hours my father spent behind one of those old clunky VHS camcorders of the late 1980s. Rather than taking part in our family vacations, he served as video historian and ended up watching us and everything we experienced through a small lens, … More Wendell Berry Wednesdays: Be Present #Poetry #Vacation #Present #WendellBerry

On Turning 46: “Let Me Live to See a Hundred Autumns” #Poetry #Sonnet #Autumn

Autumn has always been my favorite season. Perhaps my birthday coming shortly after the autumnal equinox has biased me in favor of this rich time of harvest and change, but as I meditated on turning forty-six and my desire to live to be one hundred years old, the following sonnet emerged. I struggled to capture … More On Turning 46: “Let Me Live to See a Hundred Autumns” #Poetry #Sonnet #Autumn