16
June

“You Are Perfect Just the Way You Are” by Sannel Larson

IMG_1319[1]Early childhood is an especially tender age. The foundations of personality are laid that will affect us for the rest of our lives. So much good and, unfortunately, so much damage can be done to young hearts and minds during these years. Teaching little ones that they are unique, beautiful and valuable just as they are is an important message to send during these formative years. Too often just the opposite message is conveyed to young, tender hearts; that they are ugly, too fat, too skinny, stupid or useless. Harsh words that can scar a child for life.

You Are Perfect Just the Way You Are“, is the message and the title of Sannel Larson’s most recent children’s book. Full of beautiful and colorful illustrations and a message even more so, your little ones will love the rhyming verse and receive affirmation that they are, indeed, perfect just the way they are. It’s a message children need to hear over and over again and your children will want to read this beautiful book over and over again!

It’s available here on Amazon, so grab your copy quick!

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18
December

Scent of a Haiga – now available on Blurb

Sannel black and white3My dear friend, Sannel Larson from Sweden, has combined her significant talents for poetry and photography into a wonderful new book, a piece of art really, entitled, “Scent of a Haiga“. I’ve been a fan of Sannel’s haiga for some time and have always enjoyed her sensitive and insightful verses and lovely photos that reflect not only the beauty of the world about her but also the beauty that resides within her. Anyone who knows Sannel knows exactly what I mean.

scentofahaigaIf you haven’t read Sannel’s poetry before, then you are in for a treat. Not only are the haiga wonderful but the book itself is a quality hardback available in dust jacket or image wrap. It will give you hours of enjoyment as you read and re-read her haiga and it will also make a great addition to your library. I plan to display mine prominently on my coffee table so that visitors to my home can also enjoy Sannel’s talent.

Scent of a Haiga” is available now on Blurb just in time for the holidays. It really would make an excellent gift! You can also enjoy more of Sannel’s poetry and her other interests on her two blogs, Sannel’s World of Poetry and Sannel in a Nutshell. Both are well worth repeated visits!

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25
September

Four New Haiga Celebrating Autumn by Sannel Larson

My friend, Sannel Larson, lives in Sweden. Autumn is well under way there and the foliage is donning it’s fall colors. She took her camera with her on a recent walk with her faithful four-legged companion Max and took some beautiful photos. She used some of these photos to create some even more beautiful haiga celebrating autumn.

These new haiga and much more can be found on her blog, Sannel’s World of Poetry. I know you won’t want to miss these lovely haiga. While you’re there check out her other poetry and her newly published children’s book, Melvin … bad, bad kitten. It would make a wonderful gift for young ones with the holiday season quickly approaching.

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5
August

A New Haiga by Sannel Larson

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Almyrida Beach, Crete
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Photo: Sannel Larson - 3-Aug-2013

My dear friend, Sannel Larson, is currently vacationing on the beautiful Greek island of Crete. The island’s beauty and charm have conspired to inspire her to create a new haiga which you can read on her blog, “Sannel’s World of Poetry“.

I was quite tempted to post her lovely haiga here but she is deserving of the traffic. It is her haiga, after all! But I have decided to tempt you to visit her blog by using her very own gorgeous photograph here. It seems Sannel is also quite a talented photographer as well. Hopefully, she will bless us in the future with more of her lovely haiga like this one. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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28
June

“Melvin … bad, bad kitten!” – a new children’s book by Sannel Larson

melvinIf you’ve visited my blog more than once, you’ve no doubt seen that I’ve featured the poetry of my dear friend Sannel Larson a number of times. Well, I’m doing that again but today with a great sense of excitement as I’m proud to announce Sannel’s first children’s book, “Melvin … bad, bad kitten!” is now available on Amazon. Hold on, you say! This is a poetry blog. Aren’t you supposed to be writing about poetry?

Well, I am! Sannel’s book is written in rhyming verse and details the adventures, or should I say misadventures, of the adorable and mischievous Melvin. Sannel also created the beautiful, colorful illustrations in the wonderful children’s book that would be a perfect gift for the little ones in your life. So, I encourage you to check out Sannel’s new book.

You can also learn a bit more about Sannel on her Amazon Author Page or by visiting her blogs, Sannel in a Nutshell and Sannel’s World of Poetry. You won’t be disappointed to visit either but, better yet, visit both!

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3
May

The Day Jobs of Poets

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19
April

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24
March

The Tiger by William Blake

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The Tiger

By William Blake (1757-1827)

TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water’d heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

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20
March

Richard Burton reads “Under Milkwood” by Dylan Thomas

dylan-thomasThere was a day when listening to the spoken word was a common and popular form of entertainment. Before the advent of television, radio and motion pictures, people gathered to hear writers read aloud their tales and poets recite their verses. But these were more than mere a reading of words, the words were enacted. The words were given life in the tones, inflections and dramatic pauses in the voices of the readers. Pace, volume, hesitation and more were part of the craft. Readings were an event and captured the imagination. It was the original form of acting.

Today, stories are enacted before us in complete and graphic detail in glorious HD on the big screen. Little, if anything, is left to the imagination. This is where today’s entertainment falls short as far as I’m concerned. Stories can be more dramatic, more effective if something is left to the imagination. Graphic depiction is overrated. There is something to be said for fading to black at the appropriate scary moment, for intimating the love making, for titillating the imagination and leaving you hanging. Acting often takes a back seat to stunts and special effects. It seems there is precious little serious dramatic acting seen anymore. I believe that goes directly to the lack of great writing being made into scripts these days.

burtonSomeone recently posted this spoken version of Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milkwood” elsewhere. It’s a truly excellent example of what I described above. The recitation is by none other than the great actor, Richard Burton. Listen to his voice, how he uses it, how he doesn’t. This, my friends, is great acting and great entertainment. Enjoy it! I’d really appreciate your comments after you listen. Agree? Disagree? Couldn’t care less? Let me know. Thanks for reading!

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21
February

Mercies in Disguise – a Tanka poem by Sannel Larson

I haven’t featured a poem by my friend, Sannel Larson in some time. She has recently written a beautiful Tanka, a form of Japanese poetry, and published it on her blog. You can read “Mercies in Disguise” on her blog, Sannel’s World of Poetry.

I’d suggest you bookmark her blog as you will want to return. Also, if you would like to get to know a little more about the woman behind these beautiful poems, you can follow her other blog, Sannel in a Nutshell. As she says, “This is the blog where I write everything that inspires and blesses my daily life”. I’m sure you will find Sannel’s personal journey as fascinating and beautiful as she is herself!

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