March 31, 2020

Featured Poet, Annie Finch

Annie Finch
Advice to young poets: “Read your poems aloud over and over as you revise.”
             ~ From an Interview with Annie Finch by J. Gabriel Scala

More by and about Annie Finch can be found here:
The Poetry Foundation
Interview by J. Gabriel Scala
Interview by Amy King 

Poetry by Annie Finch can also be found in The Music of the Aztecs edited and with an introduction by David B. Churchill

“Annie Finch Reads from Spells: New and Selected Poems.” YouTube, uploaded by University of New England, 4 April 2013,

Finch, Annie. Interview by J. Gabriel Scala. 6 May 2011.

March 27, 2020

Inspiring Artists, Series 2: Hodler

Ferdinand Hodler
“Ferdinand Hodler is considered as the best-known Swiss painter of the 19th century. Hodler is known for his portraits and nature and landscape images, especially those of the Swiss mountains and lakes.
Hodler’s paintings had a major influence on Switzerland’s picture and perception of itself.
At the same time, he was one of the most important representatives of the transition from the 19th century to modernism.”

Jung Connections…  
…An image of Hodler's View to Infinity is in the pages of The Problem of the Puer Aeternus by Marie Von Franz.    

…And Hodler's Adoration Study is on the cover of Children’s Dreams by C.G. Jung.

More images of Hodler's paintings can be found here:

Quotation from Fondation Beyeler by Enrico
and video by VernissageTV

March 25, 2020

World Above


The world above
is a place
even those who’ve been there
don’t understand.



Lines from Lucid Waking by David B. Churchill 
and photo [inside The National Air & Space Museum] by Jan Claire

March 23, 2020

Figures in Poetry: Persephone


I strayed so far in a field of flowers
I fell into hell and married Hades.

Lines by Jan Claire 
and photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash 
and a background video on Persephone at Mythology & Fiction Explained

March 20, 2020

Poetry on the Web: Uses of Poetry

Public Conversations: Uses of Poetry

In this podcast, Poet Maureen N. McLane and Professor Rebecca Ariel Porte discuss

"art of in a time of crisis,
what it means to be contemporary,
how poems happen,
hybrid forms,
the genesis of Mz N,
lyric theory,
and what, in the first place, poetry is for."

Public Conversations: Uses of Poetry is the eighteenth episode of the Podcast for Social Research and features poet, scholar, and divagator Maureen N. McLane, author of Mz N: the Serial, among other works of poetry and criticism, along with BISR faculty member Rebecca Ariel Porte.”

Mz N: the serial: A Poem-in-Episodes at Amazon

Maureen N. McLane at Wikipedia


Photo by Jan Claire and podcast and quoted material 

from the Brooklyn Institute of Social Research

March 17, 2020


I Hope You’re Dreaming of New Mexico

…If it were daybreak
he would see the chair
was painted a

Lines by John MacDonald from The Music of the Aztecs 
and photo by Fabrizio Chiagano on Unsplash

March 16, 2020

From Here

A Place to Stand

…from here it looked like
the sidewalk might teeter
and you would leave your feet
tossed off a crazy angle
coat dangling back…

Lines by Reid Baron from The Music of the Aztecs
and photo by Andrew Buchanan on Unsplash

March 12, 2020

Poetry Reading, Alan Britt

Alan Britt reads from "Night of Bruises"…
The Music of the Aztecs by PonyOneDog Press


Video by Ethan Goffman from The Music of the Aztecs Launch Party 
at the Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland

March 10, 2020

Jung Connections: This Jungian Life Podcasts

Jung Connections: This Jungian Life Podcasts

About This Jungian Life
“Eavesdrop on three Jungian analysts — Joseph R. Lee, Lisa Marchiano, and Deborah Stewart — as they engage in lively, sometimes irreverent conversations about a wide range of topics. Join them for a new episode every Thursday as they… share what it’s like to see the world through the depth psychological lens provided by Carl Jung." 

For poets and writers, these episodes may be especially illuminating:

Episode 13 — Active Imagination

Episode 18 — Creative Depression

Episode 61 – Individuation

“The creative process, so far as we are able to follow it at all, consists in the unconscious activation of an archetypal image, and in elaborating and shaping this image into the finished work. By giving it shape, the artist translates it into the language of the present, and so makes it possible for us to find our way back to the deepest springs of life.”
                    ~ C.G. Jung, The Spirit in Man, Art, and Literature


Painting by artist Carolyn Taylor
Jung, C G. The Spirit in Man, Art, and Literature. Princeton, N.J: Princeton  University Press, 1978.

March 7, 2020

Poetry Reading, Marianne Szlyk

Marianne Szlyk reads from "Rumors of Stars"…
The Music of the Aztecs by PonyOneDog Press

Video by Ethan Goffman from The Music of the Aztecs Launch Party 
at the Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland

March 6, 2020

White Blossoms

Savannah in January

Yearning for spring, I imagine
Spanish moss as white blossoms
bringing scent and warmth nearer.

I count bright green leaves
but find their waxy shade
impossible to bear in cold.


Lines from En Plein Air by Marianne Szlyk [forthcoming from PonyOneDog Press
and video by Will Peebles, Savannah Morning News

March 3, 2020

Go Through

Coming of Age

Sometimes it is a door
you go through.
Sometimes it is two trees
by a road.
Sometimes it is
the open arms of a friend.

Mostly there is no turning
sword or cherubim
to tell you
you are grown…


Lines from Poetry is Mindfulness by David B. Churchill
and photo
by Christopher Martyn on Unsplash

In the Beginning

Poet You constellate the myths, O royal oracle of archetypes. Photo and poem by Jan Claire