Poem Published, “Thinking About the Octopus”

I’ve just had a poem published on the South Florida Poetry Journal web page. Here is my opening, and a link to the entire poem.
Note that there is no clickable link to my section. I am listed alphabetically, so you must scroll down to see it.
As a bonus, there is an audio link to my reading of this poem.

Thinking About the Octopus 

    —after the film The Octopus Teacher 

I’m thinking about how she opens every one of her three hearts, 
           and all the brain cells in her eight arms, 

More. . .

Poem Published “And I Say Yes to the Way the Grass”

I’ve just had a poem published on the Mass Poetry web page. I was asked by them to also compose a “writing prompt” based on my poem. Every poem they post is accompanied by a prompt so that readers might try writing in response to the poem.

My poem appears with “How to Skip Stones” by Ed Meek. Here is my opening, and a link to the entire poem.

And I Say Yes to the Way the Grass

needs the soil and the soil needs the grass,
the way the candle needs the wick
and the wick needs the candle. Yes

more . . .

My Virtual Poetry Reading at Rozzie Reads

I’ll be reading virtually in the Rozzie Reads in the poetry series on Thursday, June 17, at 7 pm. I’d be delighted to see you there. Please note that you will need to get the link by emailing hguran@aol.com.

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic

Thursday June 17th, 2021   7 pm on Zoom

Sponsored by Friends of the Roslindale Library

Featured Poets

Born and raised in the Philippines, José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes is the author of Present Values, winner of the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award from the New England Poetry Club. His poems have appeared most recently in Scoundrel TimeSolstice, and Memorious; and have been anthologized in The Powow River Anthology (Volumes I and II), Villanelles, and The Achieve Of, The Mastery: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, mid-‘90s to 2016.  

Wendy Drexler’s third poetry collection, Before There Was Before, was published by Iris Press in 2017. Her poems have appeared  in Barrow Street, J Journal, Lily Poetry Review, Nimrod, Pangyrus, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, South Florida Poetry Review, among others. Her work has been featured on Verse Daily and WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and in numerous anthologies. She is poet in residence at New Mission High School in Hyde Park, MA, and is programming co-chair for the New England Poetry Club.

Video: Mass Poetry Student Day of Poetry Festival

I’ll be one of a number of poets teaching online poetry classes over the next two weeks.

Mass Poetry put together this video featuring all the poets. Each of us reads a poem and responds to a question about poetry. The video is 30 minutes long but if you want to see me, scroll to 4 minutes to hear my poems and to 23:14 to hear me talk about the kinds of poems I like to read.

If you want to see the video in a larger format, click Watch on Youtube on the lower left.

Note: I was not told the question beforehand.


Video of Poem: “The Galapagos Tortoise”

Here’s a video of me reading my poem “The Galapagos Tortoise,” which was published in the 2020 issue of RHINO.  I made the video in response to a call from RHINO: they had to cancel their release party because of the coronavirus and asked contributors to participate in a virtual launch. I’m joined by one of the giant tortoises from the island of St. Croix.