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Poetry is the Rhythm of a Train

Dear Readers,

This post was originally titled, Books, Blogs, and Radio Shows because just so many wonderful things have been happening. But before I share an abundance of news, I would like to ask for your help.

I invite guest bloggers (authors & experienced poets) who would like to appear in an article or be interviewed for this blog to please contact me @ (or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.)

What I have in mind is to split this blog and combine my monthly escapades with the news of a different author or poet, a guest blogger each month, whose work flows with, or at least does not oppose the messages contained in the nature of my work, much of which can quickly be gleaned just by taking a peek at my other pages and posts.



I have always been mesmerized and moved by the motion of trains. As a child, I grew up in an apartment close to New York City. The back of our building faced train tracks for the Long Island Railroad. During morning and evening rush hours, our entire apartment would shake as though we were experiencing an earth quake. Every dish in the kitchen would rattle. As a teen, I used to travel into Manhattan on the subway a lot. I remember riding home on the subway late at night, and closing my eyes to dance metaphorically to the rhythm of a thousand drums as the train rocked its way upon the steel tracks. In fact, my first collection of poetry, which was published in 2006, is called, Ripped Railway Tickets and it has a theme relating to trains that appears to run through and connect, several of the poems.

In line with that train of thought, as synchronicity would have it, even though I moved out west, the theme around trains seems to have stayed with me. I recently received news that a sonnet I wrote called, “Dinosaur Ridge,” has been chosen as the focal point around which a giant windscreen art project (art encased in a large glass display case) is being designed. It will be installed for posterity, as the ART IN PUBLIC PLACES EXHIBITION for the new WEST RAIL LINE, in the Jefferson County Government Center•Golden Station in the city of Golden and the state of Colorado. Work on this project is being done by glass artist Nancy O’Neil, who won the bid for the project and who contracted with me for the use of my poem as the focal point. The display, which also includes maps and photographs, focuses on Colorado history and should be complete by the end of 2013.

Poetry for Living an Inspired Life: Poems as Spiritual Meditation, is the title of my forthcoming full-length collection of poetry. The new book is broad in scope, and includes poetry I’ve written incorporating the use of many different settings, styles, and subjects. Poetry for Living an Inspired Life: Poems as Spiritual Meditation, includes poems I’ve written over the last 11 years. (Though many of the poems have been accepted for publication in fine literary journals, they have never appeared on social media.)

Poetry for Living an Inspired Life: Poems as Spiritual Meditation, will be available in both print and as an E book soon. Stay tuned by visiting me here or via Poetry for Living an Inspired life on Facebook. please contact me @ for questions or to request copies.

Allow me to share with you the links for 2 recent radio interviews about my current book, From Confusion To Clarity: Vital Personal Growth in 30 Days or Less. Both shows are wonderfully informative and one of them includes a marvelous meditation. Please have a listen to one or both at your leisure:

I would also like to share the link to a wonderful online magazine called Truly Alive. Truly Alive is a fabulous bimonthly online magazine with interviews and articles featuring such luminaries as Neale Donald Walsch and many others.

From Confusion To Clarity: Vital Personal Growth in 30 Days or Less, my current book, contains a written introduction by Neale Donald Walsch, and is now available as an E book, everywhere. Check it out on itunes, Kobo, etc or in print right here to receive a signed copy. I truly believe this book can help anyone stuck in any aspect of their lives, to some extent.


Until next time…remember

Love is not some far off road that leads you home.
Love is what you are.

5 Responses to Poetry is the Rhythm of a Train

  • I am a huge fan of poetry as I believe it is a window to the soul. I wrote for some time in HS but have not since then. Congratulations on Dinosaur Ridge being chosen as a focal point!

  • Mary Slagel says:

    wow! Congratulations! You certainly seem to be juggling a lot, but all positive things so that is awesome!!

  • Lovely pic and sentiments at the end of your post, Michele. Best of luck with your poetry collection. That’s what I love about poetry. It enables the author to really bare his or her soul and share stories and thoughts that are immensely personal. Cheers!

  • You’re a busy lady! Your book sounds most interesting as well. I’ve passed on blog details to a poet friend of mine – I hope she gets in touch!

  • Susan Cooper says:

    WO, hos cool. You must be so please to have your poem display in art. I can see you have honestly worked hard to make all this happen. You have certainly earned the rewards for that hard work. 🙂

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