In college I edited the literary magazine and received a national award for prose writers. I've since turned to writing poetry and composing.

I've begun adding music I compose to my poems. Here's a link to a poem and a simple theme for carillon bells:

https://www.wattpad.com/953417262-reflecting-to-a-distant-friend

My YouTube site, James G. Gael, will feature all my latest music. (See the link at the bottom of this page.)

Please follow me. You'll get quick notes about my latest poems and recordings.

Of my writing here:

"Reflecting" and "thoughts in tutus" are mostly free verse.

"Valentine's Day Every Day" is more formal poetry.

"Absurd Haikus" is an autobiography in haiku form.

"Haikus of Conscience" is a call for moral clarity.

"Future Haikus, Future Poem" and "Dare We Think?" are at hard-edged and political.


Often it's hard for us to tell if our writing works. At least I have readers' input, such as:

"...moving and impactful."

"Some of the best poetry I've ever read." [I've heard this more than once.]

""...[like] pieces of art in a gallery."

"A must read."

"Poetry defined."

"...how to express how much I love this... beyond a masterpiece."


I only read poetry in English. The minimum I look for is:

1. A reasonable command of the language.

2. A sincere voice.

3. Evidence the writer takes time to edit and proofread.

I particularly respect the work of competent non-native English speakers. Many have unique voices, and are among my favorite poets here.


Beyond bettering our English, our attitudes while writing can help improve our work. Please:

1. Be as concerned about your reader's experience as you are about expressing yourself.

2. Be imaginative, but honest. Don't use poetry to lie to yourself and others.

As for trading reads, I'm happy to with all who are serious about poetry.

And stay well.
  • Seattle, Washington
  • JoinedSeptember 12, 2012



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