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I spent the morning at the Wade Center, a small research library dedicated to seven authors, the best known of whom are J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Dorothy Sayers. I was reading through biographies of Tolkien and thinking about the impact of his personal experiences on his creation of The Hobbit when I found a poem he wrote for his wife, Edith, his Luthien. Here it is:

Lo! Young we are and yet have stood
like planted hearts in the great Sun
of Love so long (as two fair trees
in woodland or in open dale
stand utterly entwined and breathe
the airs and suck the very light
together) that we have become
as one, deep rooted in the soil
of Life and tangled in the sweet growth.

J.R.R. Tolkien
printed in Carpenter’s biography, Tolkien (1977)

There is something very lovely about this poem that anyone can sense and feel resonating in the heart. It makes me think of how rich and deep was not only the mind but the heart of Tolkien, though perhaps much of what went on inside of him was hidden from the world … revealed only indirectly through his stories … and his endless etymologies woven together as he did his philological work. Tolkien was a true lover of words, but words were not all that he loved.

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My new chapbook, Sanctuary, is now for sale through Finishing Line Press.  To order, visit:


The chapbook ships on October 27th.

Please feel free to spread the word.

Thank you for your interest in my poetry!

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Welcome to the Poetry Place! This is a sanctuary for poets, poetry-lovers, and lovers of poets.

It is so easy to miss the poetry of life because we live in a world that doesn’t always celebrate the creative expression of the human soul. As Anna Akmatova wrote in 1917 in her poem, “Song about Songs”: “It seems that the voice we humans own / Will never sound, never celebrate” (trans. Lyn Coffin).

At the Poetry Place, we want to own our human voices, to sound in the silence, and to celebrate poetry. You are invited to join us!

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