What’s In My Notebook: Slice of Life #sol18

I have never been the kind of writer who finishes a notebook in a month or two–until now. I filled an entire notebook in March and April! I have been keeping notebooks all of my adult life–sometimes sporadically, sometimes with daily dedication. But I fill them slowly. I like to write about my notebooks. In…

What a Poem Needs #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

  A poem needs companions The words of writers Who traveled this path before A poem needs a question Curiosity Wonderings and discovery A poem needs space The distant view out windows Fields to wander in A poem needs light Sunshine to balance the dark Of difficult things A poem needs time A quiet introspection…

Headline Poem #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

  Notes: This poem came from an exercise Stephen Dunning and William Stafford’s Getting the Knack. The process is simple: cut out 50-100 words from newspaper titles, then arrange the words into something interesting. I used headlines and advertisements from a couple of old issues of The New Yorker. Dunning and Stafford advise poets to encourage…

Book Spine Poetry #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

Girl in a library So many books A little salvation   Wide open grassland No horizon is so far where rivers change direction Lost in the sun Where the bluebird sings to the lemonade springs Peace is every step   Two or Three Things I Know For Sure: You are here You learn by living If…