Carolina Clay: A Collection of Poems on Love and Loss

  In her debut collection of poetry, Laura Kauffman explores the space between love and loss.   Compelled by the death of her grandmother, Kauffman embarks on a journey of discovery that leads her through the themes of history and heritage, age and dementia, and – ultimately – hope and healing. Beginning in the dirt, Kauffman… Read More

RESOURCE: A Poetry Writing Practice for Students (free)

In just a few hours, I get to talk with 30 girls about writing poetry.  So this day is pretty much a win.  The American Heritage Girls group needs their “writer badge,” so I get to share some poems and talk about how great it is to play with words.

The Cost of Poetry

I should be writing.  The literary trifecta are in reach: laptop, coffee, Annie Dillard books.  But even so,  I can’t stop watching the breeze play with the steam off my coffee.  It’s mesmerizing, like a hands-on lava lamp.  Just as the sunlight catches the swirls, they vanish.  Diffused.  It’s normal and romantic, ethereal and earthy. … Read More