In Brief: Poetry and Picard

Dear Readers,

I hope you’ll forgive this departure from our regularly scheduled programming for two brief notes.

First, my first published poem is online to be read or listened to (that’s me reading in a very sleepy voice that I hope comes across as appropriately serious and poetic). It’s about Catherine of Aragon, whom I’ve always found fascinating and rather tragic, in the way that sixteenth-century son-less Spanish princesses can be.


Some weeks ago I mentioned that I’m writing an advice column called Dear Clementine; you can read the first column, called “The Other Picard,” here. It involves both babies and Star Trek. And please do send questions to dearclementinepostscript [at] gmail [dot] com.

And that’s the news from here. What are you up to, Dear Readers?

Happy New Year (with News!)

Happy New Year, Dear Readers!

As you might have noticed, after three years (happy birthday, dear blog) I’ve finally updated the look of the site a bit, though the posting schedule remains the same.

I’m not a resolution-maker, but this year I hope to read and write more than I did last year, and to more to bring poetry, in particular, to a wider readership.

Speaking of writing, you’ll soon be able to read my new advice column, Dear Clementine, on a new site called The Postscript. In order to dole out advice, however, I need someone to ask for it, so please do send your questions personal, profession, parental, or otherwise to: dearclementinepostscript[at]gmail[dot]com.

And while I’m engaged in shameless self-promotion: I’ve redone my professional website, which you can find at It includes a very serious picture of me. Also other information.

What are your plans, reading and otherwise, for 2016?