Tag Archives: Writing Poetry

At Peace in Cypress Tree Sanctuary

Surrounded by cypress, the old dog lay. Surrounded by cypress the old dog gazed at the circles of branches in the sky. Surrounded by cypress the old dog knew it as his last time in the ancient circle of trees. … Continue reading

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Stop One – Belonging

Belonging While I get a massage he walks to Hana Bay. When I’m done, he leads me to a young plumeria tree. There is a table and two chaise lounges.   He opens his beach bag. Out comes Thai tea … Continue reading

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In a Drought, the Sky Still Sings-Word Chords 2014

Clouds swirl              across   the sky              push      sunlight             down.     The dark clouds swarm                     … Continue reading

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Let’s Write in Music 4 – Word Chords

  I love experimenting with poetry.  I love music.  So I have combined the two repeatedly.  As with all experimentation some ideas work some ideas don’t.  Part of what makes music so enjoyable for me is the harmonies that twist … Continue reading

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Writing to Edward Hopper

The Painted Lady and the Poet at the Nighthawk Café   Once again I sat at the bar long after midnight. Joe sat in his usual seat on my right.  We spoke in mono- syllables too late, too tired for … Continue reading

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Presenting a Lesson on Empathy to Graduate Students

Recently Helen Shoemaker and I were asked to present a poetry lesson from our book, Leaping Off into Space: A Travel Guide to Risk and the Imagination.  The setting was a class on language arts for graduate students in education.  … Continue reading

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Pictures as Poem-Part I-Alternating Dark and Light

Post Mother’s Day, I recorded the beauty of my gift bouquets with my camera. When I uploaded them to my computer, they transformed and took over several days of creativity. I tried to ignore them, attempted to stop tweaking both … Continue reading

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Assigning myself a poem

I decided to assign myself a poetry writing session from our book Leaping Off into Space: A Travel Guide to Risk and the Imagination. I include a chapter called “Writing to Understand: Empathy and Voice.” For most of the lesson chapters, I … Continue reading

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Episode IV-Ants on the Blacktop Weeds on the Hill

I thought this would be the last episode. But it’s not. There is one more lesson to go and just to add suspense it contains one of my most memorable student poems. Episode IV The next lesson also works well … Continue reading

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The Twitter Challenge

You will not find me tweating about daily events. You won’t know when I’m having coffee or what I’ve been doing in my spare time. On first discovering Twitter, I came across poets creating tiny wonders in 140 characters. Intrigued … Continue reading

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