Older? . . . better

Mirror, Mirror She tells me what I want to hear; puckering into the glass, I primp, outlining thin lips with red dye, shading eyes and rouging cheeks. Pretty, she says with coy shine. The heat from my toy gun dryer burns already frail follicles as I smooth sometimes blonde hair into waves. No gray, she […]

Mont Jacques-Cartier

Given the curve of the horizon, here is surprisingly appropriate poem, written more than 20 years ago, which captures our hike up the highest peak in southern Quebec. The World is Round When I close my eyes the grass is parched hair and the sky is old slate, but I am not lonely. This is […]


photo courtesy of The Guardian A silly poem in honor of Pluto. Planethood When mortals pretend to know everything the gods cannot but laugh at silliness. And how we are called the names of bodies– our celestial immortality becomes preserved regardless then of fate. Two schools of thought–one embraces the old notion of nine planets, […]

Four Tankas

The moon’s fingernail scrapes a far away gazer’s thoughts, breaking open her mind, freeing a thousand love songs stoked with lunar dust. East-blowing storms coil above night’s descending horizon. Stars pop from showering brushstrokes across blue lingering breath. I pledge to read each day’s oncoming slaughter as a penniless dark spur opening beneath a cataclysm […]

Red Eft

Love this little guy. More so, I love his epic name: Red Eft. He’s a young red-spotted newt. I found him in the garden while I was weeding. He wandered off and I lost track of him near Buddy, the red cedar sapling who unfortunately hasn’t been doing so well. I hope the little eft […]

Reconnaissance: The Poetry of Amy Nawrocki (with audio)

Reconnaissance: The Poetry of Amy Nawrocki (with audio)

Originally posted on NUTMEG CHATTER:
Professor Amy Nawrocki teaches Creative Writing and English at the University of Bridgeport. Her fist collection of poems “Four Blue Eggs” won the Poetry Prize for Homebound Publications. Professor Nawrocki visited WAPJ studios in Torrington, CT to discuss her new book “RECONNAISANCE”  The first portion of the interview is below…

Fox Adoption Magazine

Fox Adoption Magazine has published two of my poems recently, “The End of Winter” and “How Poetry Differs from Gardening.” Adopt a fox today and check them out on Facebook.

Gardening Blues

This poem appears in Four Blue Eggs, available if you click here. A few more clicks and it will conveniently appear in your mailbox or on your doorstop. Arboriculture I’m sure the red mulch spread beneath the dormant azalea has in its loamy peat the macerated remnants of a massive Louisiana cypress. I know it […]

Nomad’s End

Morning and evening rains bring the last of the laurel blossoms to rest on a wet, wet earth. In between drops, I wander down to the stream at Nomad’s End and played with the new camera.

Companionship and Inspiration

Sing to Me Sing to me, Oh heavenly Muse, Sing of the sea, “wine dark” and full of mysteries; Sing your generous musings into my untamed ears, Guide me to places where islands peek out and crest from the ocean’s swell of waves. Speak to me of sailing, foreign speaking travelers, roads and pathways winding […]