Monday, May 23, 2022

Jane Kenyon

            As promised a little moment from my cento collection:  


 

                 The poet Jane Kenyon was born on this day in 1947. 

                                     She died of leukemia in 1995.

                           Her beloved husband was Donald Hall
                                                              
                                                             
                                            Beautiful Poet
                                                                           Rest in Peace

                                                
                     


                           

Monday, April 11, 2022

Book Of Cento Poems--Gunton

              

          Putting Words Next To Silence

          Dear Friends,

          With joy and gratitude I share with you the publication

           of my collection of cento poems by SpecialBooks.com

           Royalties from this book will go to The Eudist Servants

           of the 11th Hour (an Order of Religious Women) founded

           by Mother Antonia Brenner--known lovingly as the "Prison

           Angel." 

           

                                        


                I look forward to sharing more about this book with you, especially as we

              continue to celebrate National Poetry Month. 

                     I hope you will take a minute to check out the publisher's website.

                                      Blessings as we move into Holy Week.


Friday, April 1, 2022

Begin Again . . .with "A Prayer"

 Dear Friends, 

 Because of my absence from this space for so long, I thought

 it might be nice to put a song in your heart. Here is one that

 never fails to move me. 

 https://youtu.be/DbviXG_56ss

And during these April Days of Poetry--

may we find the right words 

to express our sadness and hope for the world around us. 

 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

MARVIN BELL (Poet)



                                      



                               Marvin Bell was born August 3, 1937. 

                       He died in 2020 after publishing over 20 books.

                      The first Poet Laureate of Iowa gave me a cento 

                                            through lines appearing

                                              in his 1984 collection: 

 Drawn by Stones, by Earth, by Things that Have Been in the Fire.

(Antheneum, New York)


        The Literary journal Vita Poetica recently published my Marvin Bell poem

                               "Putting Words Next to Silence."

                    You may read/listen to this cento poem at 


          https://www.vitapoetica.org/poetry/putting-words-next-to-silence


                                    (With thanks to all at Vita Poetica.)  


        "Being a grownup means knowing that things end."

                                                                                                               -Marvin Bell

                                                                (2018 Interview The Rumpus)


                                                  

Sunday, July 11, 2021

E. B. White

 On this day in 1899  E. B. White was born.


In a letter to the poet Philip Booth, Mr. White said that a good poem is

like an anchovy: it makes you want another right away and pretty soon

the tin is empty and you have a bellyache or a small bone caught in your

throat or both.

Makes me smile! (and if you're a poet) you wish you might be as true 

and clever and original as Mr. White.



        Now why place an Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile) right in the middle
       of good stuff about E. B. White. Well, our sidewalks are leaning with
       an abundance of these flowers  and one can hardly get by without
       knocking the neck out of them. And I have another little story about
       our New Yorker essayist, which has to do with sidewalks and a comment
       from one of his friends.


               I trust that you will spare the reading public 

          your little adventures in sidewalk contentment. 


       With deep gratitude to E.B. White for all his stories.

         

                                             

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Missed moments

On this special day . . . 


             I greet you once again with an image and a thought. 

                                   Do you see what I see?

Last night I captured this moment in a firework display. When it
came out of the camera, I saw our flag. I'm wondering if any of
my neighbors saw it for that instant in the sky. 
How many of us miss "moments" because we are looking for the
next big event in our life?

Blessings of Liberty and Justice 
                   for All 
     on this day of celebration!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Hints of Fall

California has wind and heat and fires in the Fall. 

However, sometimes we're lucky enough to see hints 

that Autumn is near in the Golden State.




A Ground Squirrel's Squeal























     A Curious Cat (not quite all black)




Then through the trees and in the heart
that feeling that only this time of year
can bring.
Let's slow down and enjoy 
before it is gone

Blessings This Fall