New Poetry Book

My latest in-print book is now…in print.

It’s a Little Vines Collection. If you’d like a copy, here it is on Amazon.

Thank you to everyone who reads my work, comments, and encourages me. It means a lot to me.

Another New Book, Yes, But This One Is a Little Different…

You are used to seeing announcements of my poetry books, but this time, I have something new to show you – this book contains all the Minuscule stories I have written, each one accompanied by a concluding haiku/shadorma/tanka…and, I have illustrated each selection as well.

See? Very different. And I am excited about seeing it all in print.

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As background, I started writing the two-sentence stories that I call Minuscule about a year ago. You have read some of them on this blog. Once I realized I had a little collection, I decided to put them in print, and then the illustrations seemed a natural addition.

I used India ink and a bamboo brush to create them. Here are a couple of examples:

I will continue to post the stories until I get to the end of the book, but I’m not going to give them their illustrations here – since I didn’t have them done for the earlier stories on the blog, it just somehow didn’t seem right to start in right now in the middle. (I do like symmetry.) The book is available on Amazon, though, and you can get the whole experience in print if you like.

Can I Think of A Different Way to Say “New Book”?

No, I can’t. So I’ll stick with the usual – here is my latest volume of poetry, written during April May June 2018, most all of it during Marathon sessions. If you follow those posts, you will have read some of the poems contained in this volume, and that might whet your appetite for more? Anyway, here the book is, print and paper.

Like all my other books, it is available at Amazon – look here.

 

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Get the Picture

From Look Winter in the Face, published in 2015.

 

Get the Picture

The book is lying on the table
the postcard marking my place
but I realize the postcard seems to have more to say
than the book.
I’ve kept on reading
the book I mean
but now I’m thinking the book exists
to keep the postcard safe.

Left Town in a Book - painting

“Left Town in a Book” – acrylics, 2014.

Latest Poetry Book – “Rearrange”

Yes, I have finished it: Rearrange, it is called, and it contains poetry written October through December 2017, all of it done in sessions of the Installment Plan Poetry Marathon process. If I didn’t come up with the poem at a session, well, then, I worked on it during one, that’s what I mean by that.

It joins the three earlier books from 2017, Refuge, Repairs, and Redirection. And as you know, I have published other poetry books as well, one mystery novel, and one work of literary criticism.

All right. Rearrange is available at Amazon.com. And if you visit my author page , you can take a look at all the books I’ve written.

Once again, thanks for reading my work. I appreciate it.

 

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Audio Book

From the collection Picture Making, published 2017. The three photos served as the inspiration for the poem. For more information, look here.

 

Audio Book

The voice reading to me the book I chose
from all the ones on the shelf I could have chosen
gives no hint as to whether
I made the right decision.
It is a pleasant firm voice,
clear and strong. I shut my eyes –
the ones that don’t see too well
even in bright light –
and listen. What a relief it is just to
listen
to the story
read by the strong firm voice
as a river
tracing a smoothed-out spiky path
flowing in a split between two geographies.
I ride the current of the story
read by the pleasant unjudging voice
and I rest.

11/16/15


Fulfillment

From Picture Making, published in 2017.The three photos served as the inspiration for the poem. For more information, look here.

Fulfillment

Windows. Panes of glass. Square after square.
Each one part of the whole. Each one
unique
with years of weathering and amendments
to the fabric. Think of windows in houses.
Think of those houses
that are each one built to be just like their neighbors
veering away from that early kinship
into their own purposes.
Think of those who live in the houses.
Think of
the rows of schoolchildren
lined up in class pictures
Think of the children
growing into their own
faces.

8/27/15

Another New Book? Yes!

If you follow my Installment Plan Poetry Marathon, you know that I write poems every week.

All that work has got to go somewhere. My choice is – I put it into books.

Here’s the latest one, containing poems from April, May, and June, 2017.

If you are interested in reading about the Marathon process, take a look at any post by searching under the category “Installment Plan Poetry Marathon 2017”.

And, as always, this book is available at Amazon.com.

New Poetry Book in Print – “Refuge”

Here is my latest collection of poetry in print. It’s called “Refuge”, and it is filled with all the poems from the Installment Plan Poetry Marathon, January-March, 2017. If you’ve been following my marathon posts, you will have read some of these poems, but there are many more that didn’t get their chance to shine. Now they can.

I named the book “Refuge” because this time period was very stressful and hectic for me – you may remember my time and attention were focused on my husband and caring for him after his accident in December, 2016. My weekly sessions of poetry writing were a real place of refuge and rest.

Most of the poems were written at Logue Library at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the library and the college for welcoming me as they have done. I have no connection to the school other than using the library, but they have taken me in, I feel. Thank you.

The book is available on Amazon and all the other usual places. Thank you for your reading and support here on the blog – it keeps me going.