"Wheels Turning Inward" is a is a rich collection of over fifty poems, following a poet’s mythic and spiritual journey that crosses easily onto the paths of many contemplative traditions. The artwork at the top of this page, is one image found in the Gordon Moore Memorial stain glass window at Trinity Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, by the artist Kim Clark Renteria. The image of these three circles, is emblematic of both the Trinity and the title for this new collection of poetry now available from Friesen Press.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

poets without punctuation


there are some camps who believe that poetry is

best with proper punctuation

while others choke at the thought

saying that it stifles

creativity in all good forms


i love writing poetry whenever

punctuation is optional

although i will draw the line at spelling

even though e.e. cummings never did

thank god for spell check and word processing


the age of computers is a wondrous age

even when I mistype

not misspell mind you

the words are changed

instantly before the eye


commas colons and semicolons

question marks and periods

whichever comes first or last

simply doesn’t matter

to some poets


poets instinctively

know how to read

between the lines

and fill in their

own punctuations


although i will freely admit

that for journalists

novelist and essayists all

poor or exceptional writers

punctuation is a must  


perhaps it is because poetry

is meant to be

read out loud

in public places

loudly or softly


we write not so much to

break the silence

or the stillness

but so you might stop

to enjoy a word or two

between each silent breath


prayer is like that you know

which is why each poem

spoken or read out loud

is very very much

exactly like a prayer



Ron Starbuck

Copyright 2009