25
January

Elsinore Sunrise


Contrails cannot bind
the unfettered heavens.
Squint to see God’s eye.

Haiku by Molly Cantrell-Kraig

Thank you, Molly!

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24
January

Busy as a Bee

Busy as a Bee

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24
January

Love Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda

Love Sonnet XVII
by Pablo Neruda

I do not love you as if you were a salt rose, or topaz
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
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19
January

The Raven – Read by Christopher Walken

In honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth 203 years ago today, here is a reading of his classic poem “The Raven” by actor Christopher Walken. This version includes excellent sound effects and the wonderful talent of Mr. Walken. His voice is perfect for this poem, don’t you think?

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19
January

Why We Should Read Poetry

I followed a link on a tweet I recently received and found a most interesting article. It was written by Amy Lowell who live from 1874 to 1925. Though dated, it makes an excellent argument for the necessity of reading poetry. You can find the article here.

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17
January

Sun Worshipers

Taken today with my Droid X 8mp camera phone.

Sun Worshipers

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13
January

Great Site to Check Out: Poetry Daily

I’ve followed Poetry Daily on Twitter (@Poetry_Daily) for some time now. Poetry Daily is a great site that helps promote poetry by providing an anthology of contemporary poetry. Each day, they highlight you a new poem from new books, magazines, and journals. You can learn more about Poetry Daily by visiting their website. You can follow them on Twitter (@Poetry_Daily), sign up for a weekly email newsletter, browse through previously posted poems and much more. It’s a great site. If you are interested in poetry, I suggest you give it a good look.

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12
January

I Know, Mother, I Know

Anne Sexton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and, like another favorite of mine, Sylvia Plath, battled mental illness for much of her life. Indeed, she took up writing poetry at her therapist’s suggestion. Also like Sylvia, she ultimately could not fight off her inner demons and took her own life at the age of 45.
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8
January

Looking for Poetry Events in Southern California?

The Poetix website describes itself thus:

“Poetix is Southern California’s Poetry & Spoken Word gateway, capturing the sights and sounds of the verbal arts with resonance, impact and aesthetics.”

and so it is. While searching the web for poetry events in Southern California I came upon the Poetix page. The Poetix site has a comprehensive calendar of poetry events all over SoCal from San Diego County to Kern County along with editorials, features, reviews and more. Check out this great resource at: http://www.poetix.net/index.htm.

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4
January

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” – E.L. Doctorow

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