This afternoon I attended the graduation of my niece, Anastatia Spicer, at The Cambridge School of Weston in Massachusetts and discovered firsthand what an amazing education she received. All the graduation speakers were excellent, and I was especially struck by the honesty and courage of one of the Senior Speakers, Raekwon Samir Walker. He ended his talk by reciting one of my favorite poems, "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes. It's a poem with vivid, concrete imagery and deep humanity, and as he read it, I was moved to tears. We gave Raekwon a standing ovation. A good poem to tuck in your backpack for whatever journey you're on. Thanks, Raekwon.
I love to play with words. To capture moments on the page. To explore the physical and spiritual geography of what I call "fly-over country." I write from imagination, observation and my own experience of wandering in fly-over country--the literal, physical spaces of my life on the Minnesota prairie and the inner territory of the soul.