Friday, October 31, 2008

Politics & Poetry

I know we're all ready to vote and be done with it, but until then, you can check out the poetry of politics over at Poetry Friends. Today you'll find me wondering why "On Becoming President, She Never Answers the Phone."

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Flashes and Poems and Novels, Oh My

The September Flashathon was quite successful and a lot of fun. I wrote 17 new flashes, which is probably more than I've written in the past two years combined. Some of them are already out there seeking homes.

Today I finished my 19th round of 30 poems in 30 days!

1. This Life
2. Disclosure of Heaven
3. The Way to Take Paris
4. Reaching Montmorency
5. Thirst
6. The Impermanence of Furniture
7. Harbinger
8. Osteoporosis
9. Twilight at Farington Manor
10. Lessons in Faith
11. Momentary Hypnosis
12. To the Penguin Third from the Left
13. Night at the Opera
14. The Ranch Hands Take Another Gate
15. Concordance
16. We Were Determined
17. Lookout on Perdition Ridge
18. Balloon Man
19. Serenade to Horsetail Falls
20. When Your Last Name is Capulet
21. On Becoming President, She Never Answers the Phone
22. haiku
23. Nearly Halloween Night
24. It Takes the Moon for This
25. An Extravagance
26. They Were Delicious
27. Ascent of the Last Passenger Pigeon
28. Posing the Dead
29. The Art of Burning
30. Odysseus in the Act of Leaving

I'll go back in December for round 20, but November is all about the novel. That's right, I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year. Care to join me?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Maryhill and Stonehenge in the Gorge

Last month we took up a trip up the Columbia River Gorge to visit Maryhill Museum of Art and see the Andy Warhol collection currently on exhibit.

An absolutely gorgeous early Fall day in the Gorge.

Stonehenge seems oddly appropriate here. A full-scale replica built to commemorate the local men who died in WWI.

Art inspires more art. The girls were quite taken with the museum's collection of furniture and objects from Queen Marie of Roumania. I loved the Andy Warhol pieces, particularly a series of Western themed paintings he created near the end of his life. We all got a huge kick out of the sculpture garden outside, trying to figure out what various pieces meant to us as well as what the artist intended.

There was a whole room for kids to play, read, and create in. Princesses seemed to be the theme of the day.

Kate and her masterpiece.

Emma and her masterpiece.

Monday, October 13, 2008

damselfly press

Yep, that's me losing sleep in the new issue of damselfly.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Autumn Sky Poetry

Isn't this a beautiful zine? It's always a pleasure to read. Now it's a pleasure to be included: Autumnal Exposé