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Poem of the Week

“Parchment” by Michelle Boisseau

Wgat, besides words and thoughts, goes into the making of books? Another poem by our current interview subject. Continue reading

Sunday In

Special Poetry Feature

The Mountains and the Swamp: An Interview with Poet Michelle Boisseau

In an exclusive interview Philip Belcher questions award-winning poet Michelle Boisseau concerning matters of craft, inspiration, the personal and the cultural in poetry. Continue reading

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Updraft # 4

Virginia Poet Laureate Answers Reader Questions

The fourth and final reader question generously, imaginatively and eloquently answered by outgoing Virginia Poet Laureate Ron Smith, who has the gratitude of the Shenandoah community. Continue reading



Under Discussion Now

Frost’s forking road. Bookmarkers and “The Dangling Conversation.” PATRICIA HIGHSMITH. Who owns the words, and who wrote the speech?Dulcimers! Woodpeckers, zealots, shackles & Shallots. R-U-B-I-C-O-N! VISIT OUR BLOG TO READ ABOUT EVERYTHING FROM POGO THE POSSUM TO HARPER LEE. Continue reading