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

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

Magenta Flames: A Reflection #Poetry #Poem #Thistle #Nature #HolyGround

“[A body] belongs to the world of love, which is a world of living creatures, natural orders and cycles, many small, fragile lights in the dark.” Wendell Berry – from “Health is Membership” Reflection: The Bull Thistle By Vincent H. Anastasi 2022 Magenta flames stopped me on my way, burning on the spiny base of … More Magenta Flames: A Reflection #Poetry #Poem #Thistle #Nature #HolyGround

The Communion of Quiet #Poetry #Communion #Quiet #Nature

A quiet evening by the open window reading Andrew Klavan’s The Truth and Beauty. The neighbor’s window air conditioner humming incessantly in the background. William Wordsworth’s timely sonnet about the pervasive nature of our modern world. A train whistle in the distance. The bread and the wine. What follows is the synergy of those experiences … More The Communion of Quiet #Poetry #Communion #Quiet #Nature

The Addictive Nature of Refrigerator Poetry #Poetry #MagneticPoetry

My daughter brought home a container of Magnetic Poetry, the Receivables Custom Edition, from work last week (she works at our local library). Since then, the refrigerator has become the deepening ground of our home with everyone chipping in to various poetic “masterpieces,” including the eight and ten-year-olds (grandma has not felt poetically inspired as … More The Addictive Nature of Refrigerator Poetry #Poetry #MagneticPoetry

Are You Digging a Well or Just Making Holes? #Love #SoulMate #BlackoutPoetry #Poem

True love is the deepening ground of life. Unfortunately, so few are willing to labor together in the field, transforming the hard soils of life into the oasis offered to us in true love, especially in the midst of trying times. Most so-called “love” peters out just inches into the earth. So few are willing … More Are You Digging a Well or Just Making Holes? #Love #SoulMate #BlackoutPoetry #Poem

Surrendered: Another Lesson from Wolf Creek #Poetry #Peace #Hope #Rest #Sonnet

It’s not Wolf Creek, but it will have to do. If I could have had a decent camera with me a few Sundays ago as I floated down the creek that borders our property, staring up into the cerulean sky with only a few cumulus clouds floating by, then I could have captured the exact … More Surrendered: Another Lesson from Wolf Creek #Poetry #Peace #Hope #Rest #Sonnet

Streamed Life: Lessons from Wolf Creek #Poetry #Life #Rest

The academic year winds down, and all the responsibilities and tasks that come with it come crashing in like a tsunami. At the same time, gigs are picking up and I’m readying myself to serve as an AP reader in early June. In the midst of this, I tweaked my neck and it’s taken multiple … More Streamed Life: Lessons from Wolf Creek #Poetry #Life #Rest