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Deanna Ross is a Monterey Bay writer working on her first novel.

Deanna Ross is a Monterey Bay writer working on her first novel.

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While Valentine's-related sales are expected to reach $20 billion this season, let's consider one more affordable and widely-applicable option for gift-giving: a well-chosen poem.

I recommend each one of these titles anytime you're looking for your next great read, and would love to hear your thoughts if/when you do!

Perhaps because poems offer us such bite-sized opportunities to pause, to savor ideas and images, to make metaphoric connections and deeper meanings and quickly engage our faculties of empathy, they should be invited to our daily tables like respected guests -- wise elders with a few choice words to impart.

Here, then, are three simple suggestions for adding a dose of poetic medicine to your life...

Many of you are writers - crafting blog posts, songs, stories, poems, papers, letters or journalistic articles for work or pleasure or both. You know that the act of putting words on a page can be healing/isolating, stimulating/intimidating, rewarding/boring. There are days when it would be helpful to have a cheering section to help get the words flowing, or to set off some fireworks when the work is done. Here's some happy news...

The idea of word tickets came from a writers' group Kevin and I attended a few years back, at which the host occasionally passed around a basket containing red "Admit One"-style tickets, on whose backs words from magazines had been pasted. And though the writing group itself didn't endure, the idea of those tickets stuck in my mind...

Blogging is, at its root, a random act of sharing, usually fueled by hopes that something one person writes will resonate with someone else in this vast online world we occupy...

Most English-speakers are familiar with the Japanese short form of poetry known as haiku; you may have even been forced to write a few of these micropoems in an 8th grade English class. But have you heard, or tried your hand at writing, a tanka?...

Happy New Week! And welcome to my first blog post of 2013! I’m excited to connect with you often this year (Kevin and I will alternate writing The Jinxes’ weekly post) and I’m kicking it off with a writing challenge!...