Sunday, January 31, 2021

Date Set for New Collection of Poetry + Reading


My eighth collection of poetry how we hold on from Broadstone Books, will be in print in April! Cover art will be a magnificent time-suspended photo by Chris Hubble that was shot on the cliffs of Negril, Jamaica.  Check out his work at



My first reading is May 19 at 7 pm in the Poets vs the Pandemic series. Use this link to register for upcoming programs for Café Muse and Poets vs the Pandemic: 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Choosing a Book Cover


How does one pick an image for a book of poetry?


Keep in mind that poetry books are judged by their covers and often the purchase of a collection of poems is an impulse buy. What will make a buyer reach for your book of poetry?


These elements can help:


—Color or dramatic black and white contrast




—Something that speaks to a basic need or yearning



Next: what is the thematic core of this collection? How does your image speak to the title and overriding theme of this collection?



Don't forget to try out your image on trusted advisors.