Monday, October 31, 2022
Indian Rope Trick
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Blogger Is Off The Rails
If you're on Blogger, you may want to go to "comments" on your dashboard and check for spam comments. (Hit the little arrow at the top for a drop-down menu and hit "spam") I've discovered that, lately, Blogger keeps shifting perfectly good comments from old posts into spam and I have to re-publish them. Like, half a dozen every day. This morning, there were 6 comments in spam, all from September of 2013! All of them were perfectly good comments from people I know. None of them were in spam yesterday. All of them had been on various posts for 9 years, and suddenly Blogger decides they're spam. So you may want to check.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Word Garden Word List--Susie Clevenger
Hello! Hooray! (As Alice Cooper once sang.) As you who have been following the Word List know, I have been delving into my early influences of late. But now it's time to switch things up!
You can find her at Confessions Of A Laundry Goddess and at Black Ink Howl, two blogs chock full of poetry to get lost in. Her writing is always heartfelt, incisive, and original. I urge you to go see!
Meanwhile, without further ado, here is your list! Just choose at least 3 of the 20 words I have selected from Susie's books and use them in an original poem of your own. Then link up, visit others, and bask in a quiet air of sublime accomplishment. :-)
the nurses deferred
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Word Garden Word List--Christina Rossetti
Hi, and welcome to another Word Garden Word List, where we use at least three words from a themed list of twenty in an original poem of our own. This week, our inspiration comes from Victorian poet Christian Rossetti.
The Goblin Girl (A Child's Fairy Story)
Monday, October 17, 2022
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Word Garden Word List--Ric Masten
Hello friends, and welcome to another Word Garden Word List poetry prompt. Last week I featured an old favorite, Dave Kelly, but was dismayed at how difficult it was for people to find his work on line if they wished to. I've been mulling that. This week, our featured poet is "The Poet Laureate of Carmel" Ric Masten. When I returned stateside from overseas in 1977, I passed through Carmel and picked up a copy of "Who Wavin'? (a thin body of work)" which is indeed a thin body of work because the book is much taller than it is wide! However, the words inside are anything but thin.
The late Ric Masten, who passed in 2008, was not only a unique and prolific--23 books--poet, but was also a singer/songwriter, an artist, and a few other things as well. About his art, he had this to say: "I learned from Leger that I wasn't a cubist, He spoke to me in French and I answered in English. I didn't understand what he said, and I doubt he understood what I said. We got along fine." This is a typical remark. Of his habit of writing in all lower case without punctuation, Masten said it was "because I never knew how."
Monday, October 10, 2022
Lesson In Entomology
Red ladybugs, often made of wood or plastic, are the cheery ones. The dull brown ladybugs are the ones that bite. Born yesterday, uncelebrated and infused with the bright mindlessness of relentless summer, their hate is genuine; they wait on a pretty stalk for your bare arm. Your pain is their nectar.
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Word Garden Word List--Dave Kelly
A long time ago--longer than I like to think it was--I bought a copy of "Poems In Season" by a poet named Dave Kelly. It was Volume Five of the Texas Portfolio Chapbook Series. Inside, I found a collection of blunt, truthful, unsparing, and unforgettable poems about every day life. I have moved many times since then, gone through myriad changes, but this book--along with others by undeservedly obscure poets like Michael Curley, Ric Masten, and others, as well as famous volumes like 'Howl"--have made the journey with me all the way to this very moment. They are part of who I am and who I've been, and it is from these poets that I learned to write fearlessly.
Dave Kelly is a difficult man to find, but in researching this list, I did finally manage to find out some biographical information which can be found HERE and HERE. I have taken the opportunity to order a couple of his other books, as well. This is the kind of thing that blows my skirt up, if I wore skirts anymore. To say that I am eager to read these new (to me) books is an understatement.
And now, time for your weekly word list. What we do here is to take at least 3 of the 20 words provided--all taken from the poems in "Poems In Season"--and create a new poem of your own. Our aim is to use the list to spur new writing of our own, not ape the source poet, though a nod of homage is always a fine thing. So, compose, link up, visit others, and I hope that you will look into Dave Kelly's work as well. Enjoy!