My 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/
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/