Haibun: Eggs with Pesto and Goat Cheese

Almost every morning as I’m drinking my coffee and before I begin my daily chores, I look through the internet for poetry to read. Recently, I read a poem by my friend and stellar poet, Robert Okaji, titled “Because You Cook”. Wow, did that poem ever make my mouth water! Don’t you love poems about food? I think it’s right up there with my favorite subjects for poems. Instantly, I began craving an omelette, which I rarely make, but it was raining and I was too lazy to brave it to go cut some fresh basil. Plus, I didn’t have … Continue reading Haibun: Eggs with Pesto and Goat Cheese

Writing With Poet Fida Islaih

On Wednesdays at 6:00 pm Poet Fida Islaih facilitates a chat for poets called #PoetteerChat on Twitter. I’ve been participating for a couple of months and have enjoyed chatting and getting to know other poets. Two weeks ago Fida had poet Nicole Gilotta, author of Eat This Poem, as a guest on the chat. (Transcript here.) I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about her book and the inspiration for writing it, so much so that I invited the other participants to join me in writing a collaborative poem about food. I’d always wanted to do a collaborative poem and the subject piqued … Continue reading Writing With Poet Fida Islaih

Hot Reads and Peggy Sue

Peggy Sue April has come and gone and nothing about it turned out as I’d planned. I had to drop out of PoMoSco because life got in the way.  Real life, nuts and bolts and shit happens life. But I did get in a few poems and I think with some editing I’ll have some decent work out of it.  I didn’t even start a poetry online course I’d signed up for, which makes me sad, but at least I did read some good poetry in between all the running around I did before falling into bed each night, usually well … Continue reading Hot Reads and Peggy Sue

And on the seventh day…

she was astonished to have written seven poems, thanks to PoMoSco.  I wrote about my trepidation earlier on joining this project but I needn’t have worried. It’s proving to be a good boost for my creativity plus I’ve “met” some nice people and talented poets. I’ve written about everything from unicorns to the hurricane. Here’s my page, if you care to check it out. The only down side is that I have less time to read my usual sites and blogs but don’t think I’ve forgotten you, bloggers and writers! I’ll be back to visiting and commenting regularly next month. … Continue reading And on the seventh day…

Hot Reads

It’s a gorgeous day in New Orleans – feels like Spring! I’m thinking about going to the river and snapping some photos but, honestly, I’m feeling quite content puttering around the house and yard and doing some online reading. I have a few links to share today of good reading I’ve done lately: a couple of Flash pieces, a few poems, and some blogs new to me that piqued  my interest. Enjoy! First , the blogs: Leaf and Twig is a blog that combines two of my favorite things: poetry and photography. What could be more perfect? The poetry is original and … Continue reading Hot Reads

I will never,ever,ever

have a tidy coffee table like you see in those chichi design magazines. Mine is always covered with books, magazines, DVD’s, CD’s, iPad, journal and, at various times, dog biscuits, remote controls, plates of crumbs and cups of half-finished tea. I love the minimal look of a coffee table with only an object or two but that will never happen here for more than a few minutes when I dust and put things away. I need my books and reading material close by.  The book you see there, “New Orleans Style”, will be reviewed here soon. I hope. I intend.  … Continue reading I will never,ever,ever

Wherein I Thank Everybody

2014 was a really good writing year for me. I reached a couple of loose goals I set for myself and was on the receiving end of some unexpected surprises. Out of 17 submissions I had 9 acceptances and 8 rejections (one of which asked for a more fleshed out second draft but I was in a slump at the time and never resubmitted – my bad.) plus I had 4 solicited publications so that’s a total of 13 actual publications of 15 poems and micro-fictions. One micro-fiction, “Something About SW”,  was chosen as a finalist for the 15th Glass … Continue reading Wherein I Thank Everybody