Episode 174 – “Poetry With Terry Lucas”

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Terry Lucas is the author of three poetry collections: In This Room (forthcoming from CW Books in February of 2016), If They Have Ears to Hear, winner of the 2012 Copperdome Chapbook Award from Southeast Missouri State University Press, and Altar Call, a prize-winning chapbook published in Diesel, the anthology of the 2013 San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival.

Terry’s poems have received five Pushcart Prize nominations, and have been published in some of the nation’s top literary magazines including Best New Poets 2012, Crab Orchard Review (he won the 2014 Special Issue Feature Poet Award), Great River Review, Green Mountains Review, Columbia Poetry Review, and dozens of others. His most recent work can be found in South85 Journal (an article entitled “Why I Write: Discovery vs. Self-Expressions”) and Connotation Press: An Online Artifact (March, 2015 issue of Poetry Congeries). Forthcoming are a review of Mary Jo Bang’s The Last Two Seconds in South85 Journal and an essay entitled “Metaphor and Love in the Poetry of Alicia Ostriker” in the Under Discussion series from the University of Michigan Press.


Terry was born in the Midwest, grew up in New Mexico, and has lived in the San Francisco bay area for almost two decades. Between these primary residences, he has lived in Texas, Canada, and Chicago, working as a retail executive, while developing a daily writing discipline. He returned to graduate school in 2006 and received his poetry MFA in 2008, studying under poets Gerald Stern, Maxine Kumin, Michael Waters, Alicia Ostriker, Carol Frost and other well-known poets in the New England College low-residency program. Since 2012, Terry has devoted himself full-time to writing, editing, and consulting poets. In addition to writing his own poems, essays, and reviews, he is Associate Editor for Trio House Press and a free-lance poetry coach.


If you are interested in exploring a possible consulting arrangement with me, or if you are not, but at this time simply want some feedback on your poems in order to be a better writer, send $5 and 5 poems (maximum 40 lines each), to lucas.t274@gmail.com, and I will provide you with written feedback, as well as a free fifteen minute conference to explore possible additional consultations. NOTE: The “5 for 5” is a one-time, introductory offer good for one session for both of us to take a look at whether we might work together in a mentor/mentee relationship. 


In 2012 he began writing full-time, and produced two prize-winning chapbooks. The first collection, Altar Call, was a winner in the 2013 San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival and is one of four chapbooks published in the anthology, Diesel. The second, If They Have Ears to Hear, won the Copperdome Chapbook Contest from Southeast Missouri State University Press. His work has appeared in Best New Poets 2012, Green Mountains Review, Great River Review, and dozens of other national literary journals.  He is the winner of the 2014 Crab Orchard Review Special Issue Featured Poet Award, and his work has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize. ​He has served as an editor for MiPOesias Magazine, Fifth Wednesday Journal, OVS, Trio House Press, and The Marin Poetry Center Newsletter. In 2012 he was a master poet for Chicago’s Von Steuben High School pilot poetry program, providing guidance for student poets to write and publish their work. Terry resides in Mill Valley, California, where he continues to write full-time, serve as Associate Editor of Trio House Press, and pursue a career as a free-lance poetry consultant. His full-length poetry collection, In This Room, is forthcoming from CW Books in February 2016.


You know we’re going to ask you about the “retail establishment” from whence you came.


And tell us about your discovery that you are a poet.

Click below to see Terry’s work.


Do you write poetry at all? Try to create one now, something easy, a poem about fruit, or time management, something you know. Celebrate the effort even if the words on the page look like failure. It’s the experiment that counts!


Word of the week:


with Anu Garg






1. A gun-carrying criminal.
2. A tramp’s young intimate companion.



Alteration of the Yiddish genzel (gosling) influenced by the word gun. Ultimately from the Indo-European root ghans- (goose), which also gave us goose, gosling, and gander. Earliest documented use: 1914.

Tortured sentences:

The World According to Student Bloopers

Richard Lederer
St. Paul’s School

One of the fringe benefits of being an English or History teacher is receiving the occasional jewel of a student blooper in an essay. I have pasted together the following “history” of the world from certifiably genuine student bloopers collected by teachers throughout the United States, from eight grade through college level. Read carefully, and you will learn a lot.

 Homer also wrote the “Oddity”, in which Penelope was the last hardship that Ulysses endured on his journey.







Shout Outs:

Big shout out to Jane Isaac and her latest book release. Check out her site: www.janeisaac.co.uk

Before It's Too Late

Before It’s Too Late is Released on Monday!
There’s only a few more days to go until Before It’s Too Late, my third novel (I can’t believe I just said that!), will be released into the world. I’m so happy to be able to share this book with you, not least because it introduces my brand spanking new character,  Detective Inspector Will Jackman.


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  • Jane Isaac
    Posted on June 2, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Thanks for the fabulous shout out, guys. So very kind of you. Great to see Newbies looking so good and going from strength to strength:)

  • Monica T. Rodriguez
    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 1:14 am

    So glad to see you’re back. For some reason, your last 3 eps just loaded into the Podcast Addict app, don’t know if you just loaded them up or what.

    But where’s the tortured sentence with the wonderful comma usage? Damien? You’re slacking, I know it. You let Catharine do the work, and forgot all about it, right? 😉

  • Damien
    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Yeah that’d be it! I posted the comma thing on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DamienBoath/posts/Qkbj78tXgQB

  • Damien
    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 6:58 am

    How did the book launch go?

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