Author Archives: Christine Irving

May Day

Today is Beltane. commonly known as May Day.  It is one of the four major celebrations in the ancient Celtic calendars that mark a change of season.  Beltane heralds summer. Beltane is a wildl festival of a day, beginning at … Continue reading

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Lucidity

I’ve just returned from a poetry conference in the Ozarks.  It’s the twenty-seventh time poets have come together in Eureka Springs, AK to confab and critique at Lucidity.  The gathering is aptly named.  It’s all about the craft and how … Continue reading

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Breaking Lines- NaPoWriMo

So the prompt yesterday day was about line breaks.  It was a day without inspiration. Happily this morning I woke thinking about literal lines, as in Morse code or the I Ching, both made up of lines embedded with information.  … Continue reading

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Unexpectedly Caught Up in Story

Okay, Maureen warned us that in undertaking this exercise we might be tumbled down unexpected pathways.  The exercise was to find a poem in a language we didn’t know, pair it with a photograph and write our own poem inspired … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo: Describing Abstraction Concretely

Beauty Always Pierces   Beauty always pierces through the breastbone like an angel’s arrow angling down, gliding through tissue, splicing spine.  I could die of pleasure, transported, but where to go that’s better than this world, where every pebble, puddle, … Continue reading

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Band List

I took yesterday’s poem into my critique group. As usual their suggestions lightened and tightened and gave me a stand alone poem with which I was really happy with.    is such an important part of our craft.  I especially like this … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo

It’s here ! April and already the Fool is messing with me, tripping me up so of course I’m “LAtE, LAte…” so here’s yesterday’s poem. Hopefully I’ll post again later today as I catch up.  (Knock on wood!)   Meanwhile, the … Continue reading

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April’s Fool

            This year Easter coincides with April Fool’s Day.  It’s an odd conjunction that’s only happened once in my lifetime.  The next time is not until 2029.  It got me thinking about fools and saints. … Continue reading

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Eros

If I could start over, knowing what I know now, I would go back to school and study that endlessly fascinating, miraculous amalgam of bone and flesh, mind and psyche, soul and spirit – the body.  Not just my body.  … Continue reading

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Swan-diving Across the Corpus Collosum

As a poet I am always pondering what makes a “good” poem.   Of course, subjectivity plays a big part.  Nevertheless, some poems appeal to vast numbers of people of all ilk. What makes a poem or dance, a symphony or … Continue reading

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