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18th Day of National Poetry Month – “Second Marriage” (and more on Sonnets!)

April 18, 2010

18 days of draft poems! I have to confess that it was hard today to come up with something to write about.  My mind felt blank;  anything I did come up with seemed too personal for a blog post.  (It’s one thing to be personal in a finished poem;  another to be overly personal in […]


September 18, 2009

Sonnets have fourteen lines. Count ’em. Sometimes they are combinations of eight and six; sometimes four and four and four and two; sometimes strange intersections of four and six, eight and two (only adding up to fourteen.) I have been thinking about them since hearing about Bright Star, the new Jane Campion movie about Keats.  […]

In the Crawl Spaces, Bush and Shrub

April 2, 2015

In the Crawl Spaces, Bush and Shrub The house that built her had no bricks to spare; a bit of mortar all that could be rubbed into use; a sore task with hands bare, but doable with even just a stub of spoon–the type of thing a prisoner might secrete who’s not allowed sharp edges, […]

8 Mississippi!

October 24, 2012

A day dealing with decisions has left me with little oomph for a new poem or political post, so I turn to…. MARKETING! Above is a picture from my counting book 1 Mississippi.  If you like counting, elephants and rather watery watercolors, it may just be up your alley (or it might work for a […]

“When Violence Flash Flares” (Petrarchan Style)

September 14, 2012

When Violence Flash Flares When violence flash flares with red-black spark and men can only see through teeth and blur, their skin bit-bristling like claw-sharpened fur that seeks the carve of scar as truest mark, that bites the curve from every moment’s arc, as if time’s belly something to regur– gitate and spit again–again–a lure […]

Mermaid Sonnet – “Different Tastes in Mythical Creatures”

September 26, 2011

I am reposting this poem and painting as an entry in the weekly links of another very active poetry site, Gooseberry Garden, which is focusing this week on mythology.   A dear friend had suggested the topic of mermaids for a poem, which I used as a writing exercise.   At first, I envisaged a […]

National Poetry Month – Day 7 – “Oncoming”

April 7, 2011

Today I was kind of dry creatively so, in order to produce a draft poem,  I went back to one of my old rules–if you don’t have anything to write, try a sonnet! I have purposely tried to use slant rhyme (not-quite rhyme), as I think sonnets can sound a little puerile if too rhymey. […]

Slopes (By The Hudson – Draft Sonnet)

September 24, 2010

Difficult days call for draft sonnets.   Here’s one written on the MetroNorth train up to Poughkeepsie, a beautiful ride along the shore of the Hudson River. (This really is a draft, freshly minted; suggestions welcome.  I’ve used slant rhyme and, I’ll admit it, an uncertain rhythm though I do work with a certain foot […]

Inconvenient Body (Draft Sonnet)

September 14, 2010

I think it’s Billy Collins who says something about poetry coming from a place where you start out with nothing to say.  (Something like that.) I should probably not confess that I really have little that can be said (at least in a public forum) this evening.  So let’s try for a poem, a sonnet. […]

29th Day of National Poetry Month – Poem In Your Pocket Sonnet – WhitmanBack

April 29, 2010

April 29th–the 29th day of National Poetry Month–is not-so-traditionally “poem in your pocket” day, a day when everyone is supposed to carry a folded-up sheet of poetry on their person.  (In my experience, the main people who celebrate the day are students with good English teachers.)   Here’s a draft sonnet in honor of the […]