It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 5/14/18

Last week on the blog: Reflections on a month of writing a poem every day A new book gap challenge: diverse children’s and YA mysteries In reading: Vera Brosgol’s new graphic novel, Be Prepared, is the autobiographical story of ten-year-old Vera’s brilliant idea to fit in: attend Russian summer camp. Only she doesn’t really fit…

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…

Dear George F. Cram #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

Dear George F. Cram: I wonder what makes your superior map so superior Is it the spring roller mount or the markable-kleenable material? Is it the pastel colors outlining Nebraska’s 93 counties? Your superior map pops pleases the eye Or is it superior only because it’s stamped “superior”? On your map, Nebraska history begins in…

Yoga: A Skinny Poem #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

How do you live your yoga? Breathe Inhale Exhale Notice Breathe Find Ease Accept Breathe Live how you do your yoga.   Notes: I have been wanting to try a skinny poem since I discovered the form at Reflections on the Teche. A skinny is a poem of eleven lines. Lines 1 and 11 may…

Slices Everywhere: Slice of Life 7/31 #sol17

Once the rust of the first couple of days is off, suddenly there are slices everywhere. I enjoy it while I can because I know it won’t last. Somewhere in the third week of the challenge, inspiration will dry up and I will have nothing to say anymore. It will feel like I never had…