Welcome to Open Mike Mondays, where I throw the blog open to anyone who wants to run something here. This week’s guest is Vick Linde. Vick is one of the best poets I’ve ever read, not just because she has an instinctive, and needlepoint precise, understanding of language but because she’s a a student of the game as much as a participant. Passionately interested in poetry and poetry’s history, as well as literature, politics, the arts and cooking, Vick’s work is an inspiration (I aspire to one day hone my chocolate bark-making skills to her level) and it’s an honor to have her guest on the site. She blogs at Listen for the Reverb, and is on Twitter as @vclinde. Go read more of her stuff, it’s excellent.