Category Archives: poetry

The Questions with Julianne Bonnet: Faerie Goatmother & poet

Peppermint Poppy Seed Soap

Not quite a year ago, I asked Julianne if she would be willing to answer The Questions, and lucky for us all, she said yes. (I did warn her it could be a while before I got them posted… And I was not wrong about that.) I don’t really remember why or how I connected to Julianne, but Facebook tells me we have 11 mutual friends (other writers) and have been friends since August 2013. So, over three years. (Or are Facebook years like dog years, and mean a lot more?) I can tell you that I absolutely love love love Julianne’s business as the Faerie Goatmother. She has a herd of goats, and uses their milk to make hand-made, yummy, deliciously-smelling awesome soap (my … Continue reading

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GNU Tanith Lee

Tanith Lee

It seems there has been an awful lot of deaths this year. I personally have sent out, oh, six or eight sympathy cards in the past few months, when last year, it was one. A dear friend’s sister was killed in a car accident. Another friend’s papa died. The aunt and uncle of another friend died, both within a few days of each other. Then we lost Terry Pratchett, one of my very favorite authors, in March. And then, as if that loss wasn’t enough, another wonderful voice has left us: Tanith Lee, a prolific British writer for over 40 years, who died this past Sunday at the young age of 67. She was only nine months older than Sir Terry, who by the way, … Continue reading

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P is for…

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…Poetry It’s National Poetry Month, but I didn’t realize that when I decided on this subject for my P post. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t like poetry. They think it’s fussy. They can’t understand it. They were forced to read boring, horrible poetry in high school, and vowed never to read poetry again. Ever. Ever. Ever. Or they were forced to write poetry, which was (is?) even worse. I mean, figuring out iambic pentameter is hard enough, but what about all the other types of rhythm and meter? A Poetry Foundation webpage lists them, which include anapest (“a metrical foot consisting of two unaccented syllables followed by an accented syllable.”), dimeter (“A line of verse composed of two feet.”), and spondee (“A metrical foot … Continue reading

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H is for…

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…Hope “Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all – And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard – And sore must be the storm – That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm – I’ve heard it in the chillest land – And on the strangest Sea – Yet – never – in Extremity, It asked a crumb – of me. Isn’t that poem beautiful? It was written by Emily Dickinson, the great American poet, and recently was featured in Joshilyn Jackson‘s beautiful book Someone Else’s Love Story. (Lucky me has an ARC *and* got the author to sign it!) Hope … Continue reading

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What I’ll do on my summer vacation

One of the first shots I took with my nice camera in 2009. Queen Anne

I know, I know… you’re groaning at the silly reference to first-day-of-school assignments given across the world. Or is that a myth? Do teachers still require that essay? I know I certainly don’t, but then I’m teaching college students, and many of them don’t have a summer vacation because they are taking classes. Also, I teach graphic design, and asking them to illustrate what they did using an entirely foreign program might be a tad evil on my part. (Eviler than I usually am, that is. *cackles*) Anywho, where was I going with this? Oh yeah, what I plan to do on my summer break, which includes but is not limited to: Sleeping. Okay, that sounds silly, but I need to rest. I’m worn out. … Continue reading

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W is for…

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The wind blew, and you won’t believe what happened next! Just kidding…  I’m obviously poking fun at all of the videos that plague my Facebook feed. I mean, some of the videos are actually super-cute, but actually, having not just fallen off the turnip truck, I can believe what happens next! And that hyperbolic headline writing just makes me not watch said video. Which is sad, cuz that video could indeed be the very video that actually does change my life for the better. (Tho I doubt it.) (And I guess said “videos” could have been my “V” topic, but oh well.) Anywho, I digress: W is for Word Origins If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love love love words. (Hence my tagline: … Continue reading

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Acts of Faith

yellow-watermark

This afternoon as I walked my dog, Maggie, down to the lake for her constitutional, a murder of crows cawed overhead. In the relative silence away from the dishwasher swooshing and the roomba chugging and the clothes in the dryer banging, I pondered how living itself requires a huge act of faith, or really, many small ones. The flowers reach up to the sky, simply expecting what they need – sunshine and rain. The crows caw, talking to each other about the trees and the weather and the girl walking her dog, a dog now curled up at my feet as I write, safe in the knowledge that I’ll feed and care for her. It’s only people who require faith, and it’s easy to lose. … Continue reading

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