Saturday, August 28, 2010



Clouds promise rain.
Cuckoo sings his promise too.
All signs fail in dry weather. - Ray Zimmerman

Red Star

Red Star

I awaken
beneath Antares glare.
You are still gone. - Ray Zimmerman

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Armchair Birder

As previously appeared in "The New Writer"

The Armchair Birder:
Discovering the Secret Lives of Birds
John Yow
ISBN 978-0-8078-3279-0
Very occasionally, I read a book, or a passage from a book and say, “I wish I had written that.” The Armchair Birder by John Yow is such a book.
Mr. Yow is a skilled observer. He filled his book with first hand accounts of his observations of 40 common birds observed at his home in rural Georgia or on short trips away from home. Woven into this framework of observation are narratives from famous North American bird observers such as John James Audubon and Arthur Cleveland Bent. These accounts echo his own observations, complimented by reproductions of Audubon’s classic illustrations.
There is one thing his book is not. It is not a guide to bird identification. Yow picked 40 birds easily identified and took the study much further by examining the lives, behavior, and folklore of each species. The Armchair Birder is a delightful read which will motivate readers to further their own investigations.
Reviewed by Ray Zimmerman

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Meacham Workshop
The semi annual Meacham Writers’ Workshop is hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Chattanooga State Technical and Community College. Notable writers from across the nation participate by giving readings of their published work and by leading workshops for emerging writers. Area writers can submit manuscripts for review and evaluation. For details, see

Monday, August 2, 2010

library book sale

As published in "The New Writer"

Library Book Sale
The Summer Book Sale to support the Chattanooga – Hamilton County Public Libraries will take place at Eastgate Town Center, August 7 -14. Readers can pick up some bargain used books, and support the libraries at the same time. Sale hours are Monday – Saturday, 9 am, to 7 pm and Sunday, 10 AM to 6 PM.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Poet Laureate

This piece previously published in The New Writer

W. S. Merwin Named Poet Laureate

On July 1, James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, announced W.S. (William Stanley) Merwin will be appointed Poet Laureate of the United States. Merwin has published more than 30 volumes of poetry, essays, and translations. He has twice been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He is also an avid conservationist, having worked to preserve the winter habitat of Monarch Butterflies in Mexico and numerous endangered plants found near his home in Hawaii.
The Librarian of Congress appoints the Poet Laureate after consulting poets, critics and other persons in the literary world. The Laureate has an office at the Library of Congress and serves a one year term, though several have been appointed to additional terms. The current Laureate, Kay Ryan, is now serving her second term.
The office of Poet Laureate was first established as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1937. In 1986, the title was changed to Poet Laureate and Consultant in Poetry. Robert Penn Warren was the first to serve with the new title.