Author Archives: Kathleen McCoy

About Kathleen McCoy

I'm a poet, a professor, a mother, a wife, a bit of an activist, a lover of the word at http://kathleenmccoy.wordpress.com. Poetry books include Ringing the Changes (Finishing Line Press, 2019), Green and Burning, Glas Agus a Dho (Word Tech, 2016) and More Water Than Words (chapbook, Finishing Line Press, 2017). Books are available from the publishers or Amazon, or order from your local bookseller.

100 Thousand Poets for Change at SUNY Adirondack

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Nat Geo and Processes of Poetry, of Peace

I’m linking here to my new blog article on my other site, “The Real McCoy: A Take on Poetry” at https://kathleenmccoy.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/nat-geo-and-processes-of-poetry-of-peace/

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Sacred Sister: The Poetry and Vision of Joy Harjo

To read Joy Harjo’s poetry, particularly Conflict Resolution, is to feel like we’re in the presence of a vatic voice . . . . Continue reading

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International Day of Peace and Poetry

Did you read or write a poem to share on September 21st, the International Day of Peace? Share it here if you have permission, or give us the author, title, and book where we can find it. Related articles International … Continue reading

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The Slim Blade

I’ve been writing meditative poetry for years. In these poems I try to convey a sense of spiritual struggle all seekers share. Here’s the most recent product of this quest: Along the slim blade that divides time from timelessness, a … Continue reading

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Poets for Justice

Poetry–like music, like theater, like many arts and community activities–brings people together. And when people get together, as the world screen has displayed prominently in the past year, stuff happens–good stuff. Empowerment. Liberation. Education. Social justice. Political rallying is not … Continue reading

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Top Ten New Year’s Tips for Poets

(also known as Tune Up Your Engine and Buckle Your Belt: What Your Auto Mechanic-Turned-Horse Trainer Will Never Tell You) 10.  Maintaining your engine requires no wrench, no grease, no change of oil, no gasket, no brake. Even the muscular … Continue reading

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A Simple Path

Yesterday felt like a “natural high”–just a handful of peacemakers held  vigil together for the International Day of Peace, holding candles and banners, displaying hundreds of colorful Pinwheels for Peace made and decorated with wishes, prayers, and poems for peace … Continue reading

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Poets for Peace

In honor of the International Day of Peace, several published poets will read famous and original poetry in Glens Falls, New York tonight. If you have Word, click on the link that follows. If you don’t, then know that some … Continue reading

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prayer in dark September

for the little ones with furrowed brows for those slowed by stiffness and disbelief for those who ran out of time or just in time for those ground down to powder for those whose feet have gone groundless for those … Continue reading

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Creating: Vagaries, Insidiousness, Frustration and Bliss

This summer the rain seems endless; the sun comes when I’m ensconced in work and unable to enjoy it. Friends are leaving town soon, and all feels dim .  .  .  . Yet I want to reassure young writers that … Continue reading

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“On Creative Reading”

Two-Year College Association Poetry Month Reading: Kathleen McCoy

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