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National Poetry Month and Cee Williams

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National Poetry Month and Robin Clarke

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National Poetry Month and Art Zilleruelo

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What Truth Is

by Ron Hayes for Philip Levine, 1928-2015 It’s a common affliction among us poets that early in our formative years we put pressure on ourselves to swing for the fences. We obligate ourselves to compose the poetic equivalent of a walk-off grand slam that will proclaim our own greatness and announce to the world the […]

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Sharing is Caring: Relationships Essential To Writing

by Ron Hayes Earlier this month, Brad showed us some great ways of injecting our established personal relationships into what we’re writing. And while Jenny gave us all great advice on how to establish and maximize relationships when the writing’s done, I’d like to change gears a little and talk about how the relationships you […]

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Challenge Accepted!

by Ron Hayes Okay, I’m doing it. Color it a cop-out entry from for this month, but I’m taking Jennie up on her challenge. While my Catholic upbringing will continue to nag at me that this won’t be a “real” post (since I’m not generating any new, original thoughts of my own), I’m going to […]

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A Call to Arms: Make THIS Our New American Prayer

by Ron Hayes Seven days ago, on November 19th, a quiet anniversary came and went, overlooked by most of us ignorant of the significance of the date, focused as we are on turkeys and garlands, the snows of Buffalo, travel plans, and the ever-increasing over-commercialization of the holidays. If you’re like me, you didn’t know that […]

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For Sally Keith…

by Ron Hayes …Whom I Failed To Thank Properly and In A Timely Fashion. Thank you again for… well, you know. We writers wield an awesome power: we grapple with immortality. Through our work and our words we take a stab at having tiny little bits of ourselves outlast our mortal shells and live on […]

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Death Poems: Peverse and Pedestrian Ways of “Making it New”

By the pricking of my thumbs,        something wicked this way comes. Macbeth Act IV Scene 1 by Ron Hayes Recently I was speaking with a colleague new to our school. He had just learned that I was the outgoing Poet Laureate of Erie, Pennsylvania and as we were talking I heard him […]

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On Words Alone: Can A Man Survive Solely On Poetry?

by Ron Hayes Poetry doesn’t pay. Let me be the first to welcome you to Planet Earth if that happens to be news to you. (Welcome! May I suggest buying a book or two while you’re here?) As writers, we all know that the fruits of our labors are hardly fruitful enough on their own […]

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