Insights into How My Writing Has Evolved


In the early years of my writing career, I focused solely on writing, reading and rewriting haiku. During a seven year period, I published over 125 haiku in more than 25 magazines including Modern Haiku, Dragonfly, and Cicada. (This was prior to the internet when poetry magazines were still published in hard copy.)

Some of my haiku from this time have more than 20 versions. Often I would only change one or two words. The importance of rewriting had been drilled into me in college. …

Know Yourself #25

The year was 1964. The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series. I was a fifteen-year-old sophomore and very shy around girls. I played basketball on the junior varsity team and was an honors student. Our sophomore class had 74 students in it. The town had 1800 residents. The Beatles had taken the hearts of American teenagers by storm with their hair and music and I still wore a flat top.

Barry Goldwater lost the presidential election to Lyndon Baines Johnson and it was the last election in which I identified with the Republican party. A year earlier, John F…

Eighteen Poets Who Have Influenced My Writing

From the thousands of poems and almost 200 books of poetry that I have read in the last fifty years, here are 18 poets I recommend that every creative person read. (I have provided a link that will take you to each poem mentioned.) All of these poets did most of their work in the 20th century. Lawrence Ferlinghetti lived to be over 100 years old. Robert Bly is over ninety. Fourteen of the poets were born in the United States. The poets are listed in alphabetical order.

Harley King

Poet, Novelist, Artist. Follow me on my novel writing journey: Editor: The Torchbearer.

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