About Me

B&WRaySharp2013My name is Ray Sharp. I live on windy Liminga Road in rural Stanton Township, Michigan, five miles from Houghton and near Lake Superior, a land of long snowy winters and brief glorious summers. I write and edit pretty much every day for work — reports, plans, policies, press releases, analyses, grant proposals.

This blog is for my poems. I began writing poetry sporadically in 1995, but since 2009 have written about 1,200 more poems. About 80 have been published. I am going to list my publication credits here, a complete list eventually.

To begin, in no particular order:

Contemporary American Voices, Lisa Zaran, editor http://contemporaryamericanvoices.com/ (link on left to June 2012), June 2012 featured poet, 7 of my poems that fit together well, along with poems by friends Bryan Borland and Joanna S. Lee. This is a place to start reading my poetry, to get a sense of my narrative (storytelling) style and use of concrete images. Thank you, Lisa.

voxpoetica, Annmarie Lockhart, editor, hosted my first on-line accpetance, the poem Sternwheeler, June 24, 2009. http://poemblog.voxpoetica.com/2009/06/24/sternwheeler.aspx This poem, in a slightly updated form, is also the first poem in my full-length book, Memories of When We Were Birds, winter 2013. Thank you, Annmarie, you and vox inspired me to believe I could write poetry and even a book. My other poems previously published at voxpoetic can be found at the archive link http://poemblog.voxpoetica.com/ by searching by title, including these poems: (coming soon)

My e-chapbook, Wind Fierce As Love, published December 2012 by Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Helen Losse, poetry editor. 11 poems about winter, snow, and what it can do to a man.

http://www.astropoetica.com/Winter11/water.html Water on the Moon, published at Astropoetica. I was paid $5 for this poem. Imagine!

http://qarrtsiluni.com/tag/ray-sharp/ My poem Twice Burned at qarrtsiluni, one of my favorite credits, with an audio version as well.

The Blue Hour Magazine, editors Moriah LaChapell and Susie Sweetland Garay, is one of my favorite new journals of literature and art. Featured there are my short story Sno Caps and Lake Effects http://thebluehourmagazine.com/2012/12/01/sno-caps-and-lake-effects/, and poem Laramie, New Year’s Eve http://thebluehourmagazine.com/2013/01/01/laramie-new-years-eve-ray-sharp/

I had the good fortune of five poems published at Poetry Breakfast, editor Isabel Sylvan, during its fine year in existence. http://poetrybreakfast.wordpress.com/category/poets/ray-sharp/ — Carbon Cycle, Heronesque, Indian Cemetery Madeline Island, First Snow, and Haskel Lake.

Misfits’ Miscellany, Philip Vermass, editor, is the place for quirky-good poetry. My poems there are Tanka Very Much http://misfitsmiscellany.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/tanka-very-much/
The Agent Provocateur http://misfitsmiscellany.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/the-agent-provocateur/
Maybe It Was the Moon http://misfitsmiscellany.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/maybe-it-was-the-moon/
Bodypierce http://misfitsmiscellany.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/bodypierce/
An Eruption of Snowy Owls http://misfitsmiscellany.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/an-eruption-of-snowy-owls/
Sonnet for Elizabeth Barrett Brownie http://misfitsmiscellany.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/sonnet-for-elizabeth-barrett-brownie/

Referential Magazine, Jessie Carty, editor, all 58 inches of her, a new twist on an old classic: http://referentialmagazine.com/archive/poetry-2010/april-2010/julia-and-julie/

39 Responses to About Me

  1. siubhan says:

    Hi Ray,
    Wasn’t sure where to put this, but Happy New Year and congrats on “Six Nights” winning first over at vox poetica. You do know how to tell a story in verse. 🙂


  2. Congradulations in winning vox poetica.
    I like your blog!

  3. Ervin says:

    Hi Ray,Wasn’t sure where to put this, but Happy New Year and congrats on “Six Nights” winning first over at vox poetica. You do know how to tell a story in verse.

  4. Vincent O'Sullivan says:

    Nice piece about the kitchen. I agree. with a stockpot on the stove, a house and its inhabitants are either in good shape or heading in that direction.

  5. Ray Sharp says:

    God is in the details. Also Dog is in dee tails.

  6. a booklength! do announce its publication, please!

  7. Subhan Zein says:

    Hi Ray,

    You’ve got a nice blog up here. Thank you for following mine. I hope my blog isn’t too disappointing for you. Have a great day! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  8. Monya Neba says:

    Hi Ray,

    Thanks for visiting my site and the kind words. I really enjoy your poems. Hopefully I will have more for you to enjoy soon.


  9. lgzpoetry says:

    Congrats on getting published man! 🙂

  10. warmginger says:

    Now that I’ve read just a few of your poems (I’ll be back for more) I’m even more flattered by your kind words to me! I’m off to ponder Harvest and Moonlight Serenade…

  11. RS: Heads up! RT has nominated you for “A Very Inspiring Blogger” award. Instructions are included in the Rag Tree’s most recent post. Congratulations! RT

    • Ray Sharp says:

      Thank you sincerely for the honor and the kind words about me on your blog. I respectfully decline, on account of the obligations that come with it, but I certainly admire those of you who support your fellow poets and bloggers this way.

  12. Subhan Zein says:

    Hello Ray,

    I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my short stories and poems do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride. Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you.

    Subhan Zein

  13. Congratulations! You’ve been nominated as a VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER by Jadi at jadicampbell.wordpress.com. Go to her most recent post to see your nomination and learn about the award. THANK YOU for sharing your experiences and ideas with the blogosphere!

  14. I love your blog…and I found it interesting to be connected to a fellow Michigander. Albeit, I’m a troll living just a hop, skip and a jump below the bridge on Lake Huron.

  15. One of the worst winters I experienced was in Michigan. Nice blog, Ray.

  16. Rivera says:

    Happy to have “found” your Blog.. Enjoying your work very much.

  17. I’m happy to nominate you for One Lovely Blog Award. The rules are the same as those for a Versatile Blogger Award. Check them out here: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/ Congratulations! —Jadi

  18. This is beautiful, Ray. Thanks so much for following me on Cold.

  19. merridy2013 says:

    “Memories of When We Were Birds” is a title that takes you in to a Yes! That! feeling of distant familiarity. The cover art makes you want to lean forward into it. Thanks for following my blog, http://www.englishmanual.wordpress.com. I was delighted to find your blog and your poetry. All the best.

  20. ssandy11 says:

    Thank you. You are an inspiration.

  21. You live in a place dear to my heart, Ray. As a 2nd generation Finnish-Canadian, I have many cousins in the UP. It grows you up strong, for sure…and wow, you are seriously published! 😉

    • Ray Sharp says:

      Thanks. Kind of ran out of steam, didn’t finish with my credits, have probably forgotten a lot. Ya, da U.P., lots of Finns and some Frenchies around here

  22. Just discovered your blog through a link from from Paul F. Lenzi https://poesypluspolemics.com/2016/06/11/scituate/ and so glad I visited – your writing makes me want to work so much harder at my own 🙂

  23. Mike says:

    What does your work tanka very much mean? From the title and up to its end?

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