New Words

Some time ago my wife asked me why I did not write anymore. I had the usual answers: work, schedule, etc…. Shortly after that I put some words on paper concerning something that was on my mind, and enjoyed it. Since then the words have been awakened, or reawakened, and I try to get more and more of those nagging thoughts and ideas down on paper.

Unfortunately, I have forgotten anything I ever learned about form and meter. So much of what is written is really just ‘words on a page’ in dire need of structure. But I am enjoying relearning the craft and experimenting with the many different forms out there. Feel free to comment, critique and criticize anything you read here. My ego is not fragile and I love the feedback.

I have lived in many locations throughout the southeastern United States and currently live in the suburbs of Atlanta. I have a wonderful wife, three great kids and three dogs to provide entertainment.

Thanks for reading!



15 responses to “New Words

  1. Hi Mark, I found your blog through I’ve been perusing your site and have enjoyed your flash fiction.

  2. Hi Mark, I’ve been delighted to discover your blog during our Haiku Challenge 2012. I live in Scotland with my own wonderful husband (he really is!) and three great kids and my recent writing experience is very similar to your own. I’m looking forward to following your progress – thankyou for sharing your work with us. Good luck and more strength to your pen!

  3. tmhHoover

    I had a bit of trouble finding you… but then that was because I clicked on the “blogger profile” link that you used in my comments. I now realize that it is really not in use – (the only links there were to Write Wing Conspiracy and two others) …Good thing I am clever-and just went back to the Sunday Whirl. Great place here.

  4. Mark – I am nominating you for the One Lovely Blog Award. See my post for details ( I have really been enjoying reading your work. Thank you for sharing! –Karin

  5. Mark…do not concern yourself with meter, form, rhyme, etc. The key is to write and to write on a regular schedule. Do not let the lack of an idea or the structure of a poem keep you from the vigilance of writing on a schedule. The meter will come, the form will evolve. I once said, “I write not because I have something to say, I write because something that must be said has me to write it.” I enjoy your postings. Keep them coming (daily, if possible)

  6. I find your work, especially your work of “simply words on a page” more emotionally raw and gripping than work that is more correct in form and meter. Write to write and not be right.
    Feel free to critique my work as well. We writers need feedback from those without strings attached.

  7. I’m new to the blogging world, other than using blogs in my high school classroom, which I’ve been doing for years. But, now, I’m making time for my own writing. I’m still struggling with getting started but loved reading your work. I truthfully thought the healing poem sounded a bit choppy myself, but some of the images were beautiful! I’ll keep checking back.

  8. Really enjoy your poetry. I look forward to reading more. 🙂

  9. Mirada

    “Words on a page” is excellent–keep it all coming to us.

  10. HI,

    I’m Tokoni, a student and poet. Its nice to meet you. I’d like to invite you to my blog at if you’re interested. Thanks.

  11. Kaushika

    Dear Mark,it little matters that you have forgotten about “rhyme or meter”. For in poetry,we are not bound my norms but by our perception of life. and emotions,and when these thoughts are penned down on paper,a beautiful feeling is felt and that alone should matter. Hope this helps. cheers! 🙂

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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