|Photo and Artwork by Robyn Beattie|
|Greeting Card by Jan Kalyani Lochner|
Photo by Robyn Beattie
Photo & Mural by Michael Pilato
|Lauren K. Alleyne|
tend our gardens, harvest the difficult fruit.
Lauren has forever changed the way I will think about any act of violence or sexual trespass. Her language empowers what we usually label, "the victim." I love this bold movement into the realm of action--gardener, harvester. Forget purity--thriving is about taking the reassembled self into present time as someone capable of confident forward motion. I hope you'll read the rest of the poem here at Split This Rock. Here's an additional link to The Project Room, out of Seattle, with a description of the entire book, Difficult Fruit as well as an Interview with Lauren conducted by Nicelle Davis at Connotation Press. (July 7, 2014 addition: Chris Rice Cooper writes about the mentorship of Alleyne and the shaping of this particular manuscript: The Chemical Reaction Within Lauren K. Alleyne.)
|Laying Lain by Sandra Hunter|
Something about Sheila's book provoked a sadness in me on behalf of both sexes and the intensity of the ever-present opportunities for mistranslations, especially during adolescence. So many conflicting messages from society, styles of communication, inherited patterns of belief and assumption. Lately I've been thinking about bridgework vs. polarization. There's so much to heal. On a visit to my father's house last summer, while recording new music and poetry, I noticed some newly hung black and white drawings.
|Artwork by Peter Pryputniewicz|
I love the transformative quality of the life we get to lead as writers. Sure, the finished writing takes its place separate from us in the market. But we are changed by what we write. Rebecca Mead (New Yorker.com) quotes Jennifer Wiener (in relation to body image and writing) as saying she wrote her first book “almost as a life raft to the girl I once had been” (Jennifer Wiener's Quest for Literary Respect). I feel that way sometimes about the poems I'm writing now--not only the poems for November Butterfly, but the new sister poems.
|Sculpture by Sandy Frank|
Additional Links of Interest:
|Fired Boat Throne, Robyn Beattie|
Photo Barbara Hoffman
Peer Counselor, forthcoming in Chaparral (Founding Editor, Kim Young). I'm very excited about this online publication which showcases the work of Southern California Writers.
Here is a link to one of Joan Swift's poems (author of The Dark Path of Our Names) listed on her website:
New Perhaps, Maybes with Liz Brennan (collaborative prose poetry)
Perhaps to assemble the letters that make up the name of a thing, in the correct order, is to effect a magic.
Read rest of Spell.
|Gilgamesh, aka Red|
Photo by Robyn Beattie
Once again I have written a description that rivals the length of the poem itself. Here's the first line, which has nothing to do with fish...so be sure to go to Liz's site for the rest. And I gave you two lines, because Liz, writing in Sonoma County about Parsifal, must have a bit of the Arthurian bug as well. Robyn, partial to my husband's soft spot for Red, took the accompanying photo.
The Unasked Question:
Perhaps like light itself – now particle, now wave – the unasked question lives in between, just out of reach, leading us both out into the world and back into the depth of ourselves. Like Parsifal we ride forth, throats dry, with bugs whirring about our heads.
Read rest of The Unasked Question
I closed out the year at Transformative Blogging with a beautiful, in-depth interview with Heather Blakey (source light behind Soul Food Café and many other wonderful, innovative projects): Blogger as Weaver: A Solstice Interview with Blog Mage Heather Blakey. Thank you Heather for giving so generously to us in this interview.
I close by asking how you travel...on foot? By boat? And let's say you had a throne in your boat. Who might wish to sit there? Do tell...
July 1, 2014 addition: in this California Journal of Women Writers interview with Sandra Hunter, conducted by Karen Lively, scroll down for a description of how Hunter makes her text photographs, the magic of letters appearing one by one and how this image/letter work impacts her writing process.