Saturday, November 15, 2014

Second Draft



Sono in giardino
means
I'm in the garden.

It's a sign I often saw
hung on doors 
in spring and summer
in Montagnola, Switzerland.

I'm deep now into a second draft
of the newest book
doing a lot of planting and weeding
of words.

Sono in giardino
hangs on the office door.

xx

(P. S. If you click on 'giardino' in the column at far right, you'll see a similar post with this sign from 2010, but in that instance, it meant I was taking a break! )



Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Salad of Names

In today's mail
a stunning array
of names
and spellings:

Abby, Aidan, Alan, Alina, Amya, Artakous, Ashanti, Aubrie, Averie
Bobby, Branderius, Branquarus, Brian, Brock, Brooke
Caden, Cairi, Cameron, Camron, Chandler, Christian, Colby Conner
Dakota, Dalaysia, Dalton, David, Denton, Dhara, Diana, Donovan

Elizabeth, Ella, Emily, Emma, Ethan
Garret, Gavin
Hailey, Haley, Hanna, Hannah, Harley
Isaac
Jacob, Jadarius, Jade, Jamiricale, Jarred, Jerius, Jill, Johnny, Joseph, Joshua, Justin

Karen, Kayla, Kelsie, Keresten, Kloie, Kyla
Landon, Logan
Madelyn, Madison, Makayla, Makenna, Markese, Maya, McKenzie, Meg, Megan, Monique
Natalie, Nathan, Noah
Paige, Parker, Peyton

Quienyelta
R.J., Rachel, Ragen, Reid, Rodquavius, Ryan
Sabrina, Samantha, Shakia, Sophie, Sydney
Taylor, Trent, Tyler, Ty'quan, Tyrah
Vanessa
Yasmine, Yesenia
and
Zack, Zane, Zoe

Say them aloud: tongue-twisting poetry!

xx

Monday, November 3, 2014

Transitions


So one day it was like this
(above)
all dozy mesmerizing autumn
and
two days later 


giant nor'easter
blows into town
lashing power lines
and blasting trees

and yet
amid the
no heat
no water
no power



these candles
allowed me to 
write
straight through
to the
ending
of a first draft

oh yeah
that felt soooo good.

You writers out there
will know the feeling,
mm?

xx



Friday, October 17, 2014

Setting


I am writing more slowly lately


because I am hypnotized
by this autumn bonanza


this dazzling 
treegold
waterpink
splendor
. . . 

xx

Monday, September 29, 2014

Contemplation


(Click to enlarge)

See that lone figure
in the distance
along the uneven breakwall?

Miss your step
and down slips 
your foot
your ankle
your leg
crrrrrrack.

But see that lone figure?
She is sure-footed
wise
and 
careful.
She will not
fall.

That's
my
editor:
Joanna Cotler.

The
best.

xx

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Simplify . . .


Simplify, simplify, simplify:

this is what I seem to be aiming for lately
in writing
in art
in life.

To pare down to harmonious elements
in size
color
sound
emotion
texture.


If I could write a novel
as perfect as this small
flower arrangement

well, then,
that would be
something
!!


xx

Saturday, September 13, 2014

International Dot Day

Have you heard of
International Dot Day?

September 15 

Check it out here:


Make your mark?
It's fun.

Here's my dot for 2014:




lar-de-dar
xx