Inexplicably, they still make conversation hearts that say "fax me."

14 words for love — on poetry, sentiment, and prompts

I’m not what you’d call a sentimental poet. Not that I’m glib or disingenuous. Not that my poetry isn’t an expression of feeling. More that I avoid what my dad always called schmalz. Which paradoxically is why I find the challenge of a locally run campaign centered on Valentine’s Day so compelling. In its third year, 14 words for love combines a single writing prompt (love/peace) and a single constraint (14 words).  From there, it’s up to the writer to rhyme or not, break lines or not, … [read more...]