Friday, November 15, 2019

Na No Wri Mo

I'm drafting a novel for Na No Wri Mo Month. It's exhausting, and I hope that it's a decent piece. The rule is to write and worry about the editing and revisions later.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Experiences into Lines

 Life, I find, gives experience, to share. I collect lines to create poetry and short stories. If you want to write, I'd say, look around you. Eric Clapton said that all you have to do to write the blues is to look around. Life is all around you, to share.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

I Let My Poems Speak for Me


Once there was a quiet librarian, who often seemed busy, but she was someone I wanted to meet. Also I realized she was at work, so I resisted talking to her much. So I started showing her some of my poems. It became kind of a shorthand about what I was doing, and an icebreaker for future conversations, and we became friends. When I asked librarians to do research for me, she was often the one who's do it. One of my requests was pretty involved. She also advised me about when I had questions about certain computer programs. Through time, we became good friends, telling each other about our lives.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Writing can be a kind of therapy for both the writer and those who go through similar situations.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Literary Collage Workshop

Yesterday I did a workshop on Literary Collage at The Society of Great River Poets' Creative Writing Retreat. The participants were attentive. We all had secret assignments, and for mine, I started work on another literary collage.

Friday, June 7, 2019

A Kind of Paradise Lost

Often I write poetry about connections to nature. Sometimes I write poems about a paradise that was lost, such as the intrusion of cities into farmland and prairie land.

Monday, June 3, 2019

When you have a short story, you have a short story. When you combine it with a poem, you have a different genre. A literary collage is a piece combining different literary genres, and with at least three voices.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Bio

Mike Bayles, a lifelong Midwest resident, writes about human connections with nature, rural settings, and with each other. He is the author of Breakfast at the Good Hope Home, a literary collage. He is also the author of three books of poetry: The Harbor I Seek, The Rabbit House, and Threshold. Threshold won the Rockford Review 2013 Book of the Year Award.