July 7, 2022, “It Could Be”

Today on the Sentimentalist, Jack and Vivian have a new microphone that, we hope, solves all the problems. Except squirrels. And the Supreme Junta. And the tragedies in our lives. And he brought something for show and tell. Don’t forget to head out to Schuler Books in Grand Rapids to grab your copy of the collection of Ukranian poems dear G.F. edited for all of us. All proceeds go to Ukranian Aid.

June 16, 2022, “Vacation: A Fishing Village in Maine”

This morning, Jack consults his list of grievances and joys, and luckily the joys win. Lots of good poetry recommendations. Things to read. Things to watch. Ways of noticing. But especially we’ve been watching the amazing Library of Congress “Life of a Poet,” series. On the YouTubes. You can find these amazing conversations here: https://www.loc.gov/search/?fa=partof:life+of+a+poet

June 9, 2022, “Recovery”

Today on “The Sentimentalist,” Jack revisits Maine, talks about gardening as art and as mental health strengthener, reads some lovely poetry by very young people, and honors Mental Health Awareness Month (last month, but who’s counting?).

June 2, “All at Once”

Tears. More tears. How can we live right now? News in the poetry community. A wonderful anthology to raise funds for Ukranians, that new old spinning wheel, more books in the making. The dog. The cats. Jack shares the news from his couch and his life…

May 26, Substitute Poet

Hi folks. Jack is incapacitated with some sort of low-back, pinched nerve thing, and can’t make a video today. But instead, he would like to refer you to a lovely piece from Mary McKSchmidt, about the anthology G.F. Korreck is putting together with Schuler Books. An anthology of poets responding to the Ukranian fight, with all proceeds for sale of these books going to Ukraine. Here it is: https://www.marymckschmidt.com/blog/busy-griefs-raw-towns

We hope we’ll be back next week with Jack able to sit up!

May 19, “The Barn We Played In”

Good morning! Here Jack offers a humblebrag about his Landscapes in Poetry group, some more thoughts, many of them about the chipmunks he is trying to negotiate with, and a great poem about growing up in rural P.A. Also passing along a bit of advice about “looking forward.”