Category Archives: Writing

Apostrophe

Responding to  Gospel Isosceles in  Meeting the Bar: Critique and Craft  at the d’Verse pub for poets, I have very little to say, except this poem wouldn’t leave me alone. It insisted on being written.  Nothing to do when the … Continue reading

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A Spirited Quadrille

On the first day of December, De Jackson (aka WhimsyGizmo) brought to me (and all the other poets hanging around the bar at the dVerse Poets Pub) a quadrille in the spirit of the season. My forty-four words are meant … Continue reading

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Beauty, Awe and Gratitude Become One

Thanks to Frank J. Tassone at the d’Verse Poets Pub for suggesting we write a haibun exploring one of the myriad things for which we feel gratitude. I’m always pondering the whys and wherefores of our human sense of aesthetics.  … Continue reading

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Prose from Poetry

An interesting challenge from Björn Rudberg at the d’Verse Poets Pub  came my way yesterday.  he offered a line of from Louise Gluck’s poem All Hallows and asked us to write a prose piece of no more than 144 words, incorporating, This … Continue reading

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The Polyptoton

Frank Hubeny at the d’verse Poets Pub challenged us  to use a polyptoton in a poem.   I couldn’t think of a thing to write and played with using polyptotons in Tuesday’s list of Neruda questions.  This morning, however,  I woke … Continue reading

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Attendant to Enquiry

Laura Bloomsbury has directed us to muse on the power of rhetorical questions.  She’s cleverly set the entire d’Verse Poets Pub to answering, rather than posing, such questions in order to see for ourselves where such enquiries might lead. Asking, … Continue reading

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Quadrille for d’Verse

The prompt is “quiver,” suggested bt whimsygizmo at the d’Verse Poets Pub. Suckered The quaking quagmire lies quietly on hot afternoons.  Barely a quiver marks the hungry quicksand lurking beneath a thin layer of blue green algae and flowering pygmy … Continue reading

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Treating Myself

On looking through my seasonal poems, I found the following, originally called Pumpkin Shell (written  circa 1999).  It comes from my first book of poetry, Be a Teller of Tales.  It’s always strange looking back on something one wrote years … Continue reading

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Indigenous to d’Verse

When does immigrant, migrant, refugee, nomad, citizen become indigenous? One year, Ten years, a hundred, a thousand, a hundred thousand?  And who stays in one place forever?  In truth we are all indigenous to Africa, our birthplace, starting point, origin.  … Continue reading

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The Didactic Poem

I recently had a conversation with a friend about didactic poetry.  Her poem had been negatively critiqued for being didactic.  The Poetry Foundation defines didactic poetry as, “Poetry that instructs, either in terms of morals or by providing knowledge of … Continue reading

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