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Hanging with fellow Georgia writers (from top, l-r) Tracy Walker, Heather Kolich, Donna Bowman, (bottom, middle) Janice Hardy and Paula Puckett
photo by Steve Kolich

Susan Rosson Spain, Robyn Hood Black, Elizabeth Dulemba, and Myra Meade at the Hall Book Exchange in Gainesville, Ga.
photo by Mel Hornsby

Southern Breeze Kudos Kites 09 - Donna, Robyn, Heather, Sarah, and Peggy

Robyn with Kathleen Duey, author extraordinaire http://www.kathleenduey.com

Robyn with Alaska Nature Writer Debbie Miller http://www.debbiemilleralaska.com

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Life on the Deckle Edge

Happy Birthday to a Zedonk, and more...

July 22, 2011

Tags: poetry, Poetry Friday, Chestatee Wildlife Preserve

This week, at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve where I volunteer, we’re celebrating the first birthday of the zoo’s most unusual resident – a lovely zedonk (half-donkey, half-zebra) whose birth last summer surprised even the zoo’s founder and manager, C. W. Wathen. “Pippi” is a big hit with visitors and probably getting plenty of handfuls of corn this weekend from young admirers.

In her honor, here’s part of a poem about her long-ago ancestor:

from “Similar Cases” by
Charlotte Anna Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

There was once a little animal,
No bigger than a fox,
And on five toes he scampered
Over Tertiary rocks.
They called him Eohippus,
And they called him very small,
And they thought him of no value --
When they thought of him at all;
For the lumpish old Dinoceras
And Coryphodon so slow
Were the heavy aristocracy
In days of long ago.


Said the little Eohippus,
“I am going to be a horse!
And on my middle finger-nails
To run my earthly course!
I’m going to have a flowing tail!
I’m going to have a mane!
I’m going to stand fourteen hands high
On the psychozoic plain!”


Click here to read the rest of this (long) poem.

For even more poetic animal fun, check out Julie Larios’s YELLOW ELEPHANT (illustrated by Julie Paschkis) and Douglas Florian’s MAMMALABILIA (both from Harcourt) and for truly unusual creatures, Jack Prelutsky’s BEHOLD THE BOLD UMBRELLAPHANT (Greenwillow, illustrated by Carin Berger). And for more great poetry, visit Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference for the Poetry Friday Roundup!

Interview on Wolf and Cat Blog

July 12, 2011

Tags: wolves, authors

Thanks to my friend Scotti Cohn who interviewed me on her great Wolf and Cat blog.

My pack has been doing a bit of summer travelling - will catch up with Poetry Friday again next week!

Hope you are having a wonderful July.

Bittersweet Benediction

July 8, 2011

Tags: poetry, Poetry Friday, animals

A few days ago I buried one of our beloved cats. He’d been with us a good decade or so, and I’ve shed my share of tears.

I was on the hunt for a good cat poem this week and stumbled upon this humorous, poetic, pseudo-cautionary tale written by Englishman Thomas Gray (1716--1771):

“Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes”

I mean, who can resist a title like that?

Silver would forgive my light touch after a heavy heart. He was much too grounded and savvy to have ever gotten himself in the following situation:

...
Still had she gazed; but 'midst the tide
Two angel forms were seen to glide,
The genii of the stream;
Their scaly armour’s Tyrian hue
Through richest purple to the view
Betrayed a golden gleam.

The hapless nymph with wonder saw;
A whisker first and then a claw,
With many an ardent wish,
She stretched in vain to reach the prize.
What female heart can gold despise?
What cat’s averse to fish?
...


For what comes before and after, read the whole poem
here.

And for the rest of the Poetry Friday Roundup, please visit Elaine at
Wild Rose Reader.

Gisele LeBlanc and Berry Blue Haiku

July 1, 2011

Tags: poetry, Poetry Friday, Berry Blue Haiku, haiku

Gisele LeBlanc
beach stones
the weathered softness
of old jeans


G. R. LeBlanc
The Heron's Nest, Sept 2010


morning shadows
a band of blue jays
take flight


G. R. LeBlanc
Notes from the Gean, Sept 2010


I’m thrilled to welcome poet and editor Gisele LeBlanc today! She’s checking in all the way from the eastern part of Canada, where she writes poetry and has created and edited two online digital magazines, the most recent one being Berry Blue Haiku, which featured haiku and related forms for children.

You’ll find her own poetry (with the byline of G. R. LeBlanc) in contemporary haiku journals such as The Heron’s Nest, Notes from the Gean, Ambrosia Journal, and A Handful of Stones.

Berry Blue Haiku (the magazine for kids) is no longer publishing, but Gisele will be featuring a simplified version of it—which will be targeted at a more general audience— on her blog. We’ll get to that in a minute.

First, so glad to have you, Gisele! Tell us a little about yourself. Did you always want to be a writer?
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