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Poetry Friday - Resolutions?

 

Greetings, Poetry Lovers!

 

I hope your New Year is off to a positive start. 

 

Maybe a good time to share a one-line haiku of mine from Frogpond last spring: 

 

 

 

drips of melting ice my resolutions

  


Frogpond, Vol. 41:2, Spring 2018

poem ©Robyn Hood Black

 

 

How about you - are you a New Year's Resolution-Maker? 

 

I wouldn't automatically say "yes" for myself, BUT... the reality is:

 

1.) I've just added a new nutrition book & cookbook to our crowded kitchen (mainly because I wanted to make the veggie soup similar to what my stepdad, "Poppy," keeps in their Florida fridge to have every day) and stuffed our own fridge with not only the soup, but half of the entire produce section....

 

2.) I might have ordered a stationary bike from Amazon this week, to go in the spot where the Christmas tree was....

 

3.) I might also have gone to Staples to get notebooks and dividers to actually corral the eight-plus years of material I've written as part of the CORE ESSENTIALS character ed. program, so I can be better organized for writing the new assignments about this time every year. 

 

So, maybe I am a resolution-maker, even if I don't want to claim it?  I'm fortunate that my hubby is a student and practitioner of Ayurveda, and he is always trying out new recipes for healthful food.  [I'd rather eat yummy food but do most of my creating at my studio or a writing desk, except for that soup!]  We've been vegetarians for 31 years now (!), and he's been a vegan for the last several of those. 

 

I already have to do wee bits of yoga, too, because of a couple prior injuries - a good motivator to stretch. But  the cardio is a bit wanting, when the pace of regular walking must allow for the pace of a 3 1/2-pound Chihuahua. ;0)  And because I know I'm a wimp about getting out in winter weather - even if it IS Southern-Coastal-Mild winter weather -, I ordered the indoor bike.

 

Whatever goals or practices you're embracing this year, I wish you success and ease as well as dashes of humor when things don't always go as planned.  

 

Our wonderful Kat is welcoming everyone to the Poetry Friday Roundup with a hearty "G'Day" - enjoy all the offerings, and I DO resolve to make it around to more posts this year than in recent months! 

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Poetry Friday - Wrap Your Arms (& Arms & Arms & Arms) Around Poetic Postcards with Irene Latham

--Interior detail from Love, Agnes by Irene Latham, illustrated by Thea Baker (Millbrook Press/Lerner, 2018).

 

 

Greetings and HAPPY NEW YEAR, Poetry Lovers!

 

I hope your 2019 is beginning with poetic inspirations.  

 

I had hoped to start off the year with a sparkly clean house, office, studio... but actually, I resonated more with David G. Lanoue's DAILY ISSA for Thursday:

 

     basking
     in the New Year's sun...
     my trashy hut

 

     year unknown

 

translation by David G. Lanoue.  Learn how to up for your own DAILY ISSA in your inbox here.

 

So organizing is going a little slowly, but at least I'm finally able to catch up on a wee bit of book-loving after the busy holiday/retail holiday season.

 

Here's hoping you've already joined all the fun fanfare for Agnes, the postcard-penning Octopus and star of our own Irene Latham's book, Love, Agnes- Postcards from an Octopus, illustrated by Thea Baker (Millbrook Press/Lerner). Evidently octupuses were a literary trend this fall, which Irene shares in her September blog post here; and be sure to swim around all the October posts celebrating Octopus Month and featuring wonderful poetry and art by fellow Poetry-Friday-ers and others!

 

Love, Agnes is not a poetry collection but is a wittily entertaining fantastical narrative, with lots of facts blended in and strong emotions deftly portrayed.  (So you see, it's much like poetry.) Characters include a young boy who writes about family frustrations; Agnes, an aged Octopus who is not afraid to speak her mind and who nurtures her zillions of babies; and a few more creatures, crabby and otherwise,  hanging out in the underwater neighborhood. Much of the story unfolds through postcards written by these salty personalities.  (It's worth a visual trip through the book just to see the postage stamps & cancellations created by Thea Baker!)

 

While it's not technically poetry, you'll find tasty rhymes and other poetic devices hiding in the pint-sized epistles as well as the regular text. 

 

Like this:

 

     Dear Crab,

 

     Okay, I'll leave you and

     your friends alone.  IF you'll

     promise me this:  BE QUIET.

     No skittering or scuttling

     near my nest. My babies need

     their rest.

 

     Thanks in advance,

 

     Exhausted Agnes

 

Each character has such a fun voice, and the voice of the whole book is definitely Irene's.  No wonder it has raked in rave reviews like coquina shells at the seashore.

 

One reason I was keen to share this book this week is that I've signed up to participate in Jone MacCulloch's Poem Postcard swap for January!  November and December were too much of a whoosh for me to get myself signed up for Tabatha's wonderful winter poem swap. But this I aim to do.  

 

As it happens, I've already received two WONDERFUL postcard poems in the mail on Thursday.  (Looking forward to sharing later.)  These poets are obviuosly way more together than I (you know who you are).  We are actually still doing family travel for Christmas, with my side of the family having celebrated just before and through the holiday, and my hubby's side meeting up this first weekend in January.  I haven't quite got both feet in the New Year yet!  

 

Be sure to take your poetic tentacles over to POETRY FOR CHILDREN with our amazing Syliva, and grab lots of great poetry to get your year off on the right foot (and arm, and arm, and arm, and - well - you get the idea.)  You can learn more about Irene and her lovely, lively work here

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