Elkin, North Carolina, USA
In GriffinPoetry I hope to showcase vivid poetic imagery, from established as well as emerging poets. You’ve read a line that reaches out and grabs you by the throat — the image that is so vivid, novel, sensual, emotionally imperative — so satisfying you find yourself saying, Damn, I wish I’d written that!
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I am a family doctor and geriatrician in rural North Carolina. I’ve served on the Board of the NC Poetry Society as Treasurer for so many years that people actually assume I know what I’m doing. My poems have appeared in many regional and national journals, including Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, POEM, NC Literary Review, and Pembroke Magazine. In 2009 I received the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Poet Laureate Award, judged by Kathryn Stripling Byer.
My most recent poetry chapbook is little mouse (Main Street Rag 2011). This collection of 32 poems, each 20 lines, each with the same title, little mouse, speaks with many different voices of the struggles and epiphanies we all share as members of the human family. I challenge you to find yourself among these poems.
In 2008 March Street Press (Greensboro, NC) published my collection Snake Den Ridge, a Bestiary. Each poem is the persona of a creature of the Great Smokies, from Bear to Beetle and Vireo to Hawk. Listening to these wild voices, may we discover our place in the ecology of creation, engendering biophilia? A drawing by my wife, illustrator and historian Linda French Griffin, accompanies each poem and also displays the native flora of the mountains. Linda has written a preface exploring the history of the bestiary as a literary form over the past millenium and speculating on the place that works like Snake Den Ridge might hold in our future struggle to preserve our world. At the end of the book is a florelegium explaining the plants in the drawings.
I have two other poetry chapbooks still available from the publisher or directly from me: Barb Quill Down (Pudding House 2004) and Changing Woman (Main Street Rag 2006).