26 June 2015

Fragment Friday - Summer Quotes Edition

Summer - A time to stare at the clouds and find form and substance.

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
Russell Baker

Summer is a great time to visit art museums, which offer the refreshing rinse of swimming pools - only instead of cool water, you immerse yourself in art.
Jerry Saltz

The moon is at her full, and riding high, floods the calm fields with light. The airs that hover in the summer sky are all asleep tonight.
William C. Bryant

I believe that summer is our time, a time for the people, and that no politician should be allowed to speak to us during the summer. They can start talking again after Labor Day.
Lewis Black

I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips. 
Violette Leduc
What do you see here?

19 June 2015

Fragment Friday - The Buzzing Edition

Corgi Mind Tricks - "Throw the ball!"

1.  The Corgis went to the vet and had their teeth cleaned. Boy, are they shiny white! Now to keep them that way. The joy of after dental surgery care is having to stuff antibiotic pills down them twice a day. I've found a method - liver treat in one hand, pill in the other, pry open mouth, stuff pill to back of tongue, let them swallow and immediately give them the dried liver treat. Working great so far. They don't even give me the dirty looks I got when I tried hiding the pills in food.

2.  How come appliances and cars know when you have extra money and schedule their breakdown to occur right at that moment? Is it a master plot by sentient robots to overthrow their fleshy oppressors? 

3.  Granddaughter Two turned five the other day. Now she gets to venture out into the big scary world that is elementary school. Do you remember your first days at school and things like alphabetical order and having to raise your hand and announce to strangers you had to go to the bathroom? I'm not missing those days...

4.  All the rain has brought out a bumper crop of mosquitoes and flies this year. I understand the mosquitoes, but why the flies? I don't like either under the best of circumstances. 

"God in his wisdom made the fly
And then forgot to tell us why." 
Ogden Nash

5.  Anything interesting you're grilling? Our favorites so far have been onions and mixed veggies. I heard eggplant was good grilled, truth or no? I'm ready to experiment with different kinds of flatbreads on the grill. Slab o' meat, veggies, and bread. What more could you ask for. Oh yeah, beer. 

12 June 2015

Fragment Friday - The Blooming Edition

From Cocoon forth a Butterfly
As Lady from her Door
Emerged—a Summer Afternoon—
Repairing Everywhere—
Emily Dickinson

The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee--
 a clover, anytime, to him
is aristocracy.   
Emily Dickinson

Butterflies are self propelled flowers. 
Robert H. Heinlein

Stay near me---do not take thy flight!
A little longer stay in sight!
Much converse do I find I thee,
Historian of my infancy !
Float near me; do not yet depart!...
William Wordsworth

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. 
Claude Monet

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
Edna St. Vincent Millay

05 June 2015

Fragment Friday - The Horn Blowing Edition

1.  I've been remiss in tooting my own horn. I have a poem in the Summer issue of Dark Matter Journal.
DM7 cover_Page_001

And for those of you who missed it, I also have a poem in the Spring edition of The Linnet's Wings.

Wonderful publications. Go visit them.

2. Speaking of poems, I've been thinking on renga lately. I'd love to write one, but I need a partner or two. Anyone up for writing a renga with me, or even a tag-teamed poem? Renga are collaborative poems where the authors take turns composing the alternating three-line and two-line stanzas.

3. Another week, another round of rain, rain, rain. What's the weather like in your neck of the woods? I can tell how wet it is out by how wet the Corgis are when they come in from morning patrol. Being low riders, they collect a lot of water on their undercarriage. And mud. 

4.  If aliens invaded, one way to bring the world to its knees and ensure cooperation would be to take possession of all the coffee and chocolate in the world. 

5.  If I were braver I'd go out into the storms to take some pictures,. There are awesome cloud formations and lightning. Alas, as I've gotten older, I've gotten a bit more cautious. But surely a plastic storage bag over the camera and a quick dash out wouldn't be so bad. Would it?

29 May 2015

Fragment Friday - The Poetry Forms Edition

Rain does make the flowers grow...

Five Poetry Forms for you to try.

1.  Cento
"From the Latin word for “patchwork," the cento (or collage poem) is a poetic form made up of lines from poems by other poets. Though poets often borrow lines from other writers and mix them in with their own, a true cento is composed entirely of lines from other sources. Early examples can be found in the work of Homer and Virgil."
or see my example from February made up entirely of first lines of poems - Poem.

2.  Another type of 'stolen' poem is the Found Poem.
"Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems."
or peruse the Found Poetry Review for more information.

3. Abecedarian
"The abecedarian is an ancient poetic form guided by alphabetical order. Generally each line or stanza begins with the first letter of the alphabet and is followed by the successive letter, until the final letter is reached."
4.  Elegy
"In traditional English poetry, it is often a melancholy poem that laments its subject’s death but ends in consolation." In modern form, a lament mourning the end of something, not necessarily a person. 

5.  Ekphrasis 
"Ekphrastic poems usually focus only on works of art—usually paintings, photographs, or statues. And modern ekphrastic poems have generally shrugged off antiquity’s obsession with elaborate description, and instead have tried to interpret, inhabit, confront, and speak to their subjects."
or see my poem "Lamentation" and discussion over at Parallel Oonahverse

*definitions of poem forms from poets.org