Tuesday, August 31, 2010

poetry postcard 11

the latest poem is called: the loss of one more link. the writer notes on the postcard that the poem was composed from bits and pieces of emails sent after joan's passing.

in the early hours of a march morning,
during a peaceful and painless sleep,
in the presence of those who dearly love her,
aunt joan passed away.

it is hard to accept that she is gone.
she was such a lady,
so welcmoing and fun to be with,
a breath of fresh air, yet also
worldly and sophisticated!
we would look forward to her visits,
prepare everything just right:
now there is a void within our lives,
the loss of one more link
to mumsie and my old world relatives.

and so, by way of homage and remembering,
i gaze upon an artifact from the past:
a black-and-white photograph of
a wartime wedding dinner, with a young joan,
smiling, an intense groom, janusz,
and all four sisters, alas, now dwindling fast.

words of support and consolation come:
joan is with her sisters, sympathetic company,
no longer suffering. thus we continue living
with the greatest of sorrows,
badly shocked and shaken.

how are things with you, janusz,
during these days of grief and sadness,
stabilized and getting better?
our thoughts and prayers are with you now,
to restore strength, more suitable conditions.
we send you these comforting words,
our love, beautiful flowers,
wishing you peace and mending:
better days will come, please be assured.

Monday, August 30, 2010

postcard poetry 10

the newest poem is called: misplaced

i have lost
many things
libarary books,
phone numbers,
christmas present i remember buying.

my mother, teasing,
says i'd lose my head
if it were not welded
to my neck by
spinal column, muscle, and sinew.

poetry postcard 9

the latest poem on my postcard of poetry is called: some call this home.

foot hills rising out of morning
fog - expanse of fileds lined
by roads heading straight to padilla bay - i can tell
how long you lived here by
which way your head turns
traveling south, how the "l"
in padilla curls off your tongue
and how the pace of your heart
slows here, close to the rim.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

people reading around the world

steve mccury is a famous photojournalist that you would know best from this photo. well through his travels across the world, he has also taken photo's of people reading. mccurry says: "There’s an intimacy people have with a book and its author that is similar, what couples have. [Reading] is a common link in our shared humanity, a thing we all do that is regardless of where we are economically or socially." so i thought i would share some of his photo's that he took of people reading. you can find all of the photo's on his blog.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

covers still matter

with the digital age coming to great heights these days, with e readers and all, the question of what will happen to book covers comes into question. will they still be as important as they use to be. personally, the only book reader i see myself getting is the ipad. and that's because it does so much more then just read books. so i'm not a fan of book readers. i will be buying books for a long time into the future. so i think that book covers are still just as important as they have always been. espically, i am currently working on my chapbook, and the cover will be very important to me. well, here's a book that has gotten its self banned for the cover it has.

annabel lyon's novel the golden mean, has gotten banned. the cover features a naked man lying on the back of an equally naked white horse. stores across canada and the UK are selling the book, lyons revealed on her blog though, that british columbia ferry company, bc ferries, is not stocking it. what i find interesting is that bc ferries asked the book's publisher, random house canada, that it would carry the book if it featured a "belly band" wrapped around the offending parts. but random house refused, and the transportation company decided against stocking the title. and i think good for random house for not bowing down to the demands of the company. annabel hasn't taken the banning to heart for she wrote on her blog ""Oh, BC Ferries. You have one too, you know you do!"

here's a picture of the cover of the book:

Friday, August 27, 2010

postcard poetry 8

there is no title for the poem on this postcard.

oh, i ain't got manners,
and i ain't got talent,
but i know what it's like
to chase that rabbit,
so when the dogs are weighed
and the band starts up the hurry
my money's on the six
and i ain't go no worries.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

out of print clothing

found this awesome website called out of print clothing that sells tshirts that have out of print book covers on the shirt. and when you buy the shirt the website donates one book to a community in need through their partner Books For Africa.

their mission states this:
Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Our shirts feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts, but all are striking works of art.
We work closely with artists, authors and publishers to license the content that ends up in our collections. Each shirt is treated to feel soft and worn like a well-read book.
In addition to spreading the joy of reading through our tees, we acknowledge that many parts of the world don't have access to books at all. We are working to change that. For each shirt we sell, one book is donated to a community in need through our partner Books For Africa.
How we read is changing as we move further into the digital age. It's unclear what the role of the book cover will be in this new era, but we feel it's more important than ever to reflect on our own individual experiences with great literary art before it's forever changed.

the shirts i want are: catcher in the rye, brave new world, slaughter house five, moby dick, fahrenheit 451.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

postcard poetry 7

the most recent postcard poem was titled: steptoe bute, idaho

so what is it
that makes the grainlands
so fruitful,
the spilt blood of 100 dragons
or the sloswed(?) wine of the wealthy
as they viewed from the top
an they own?
or could it be as simple
as the sun rising with the uneat(?),
each reflecting the owner
back to itself?

Monday, August 23, 2010

rizzoli and isles

so side note before i jump into my post. if your going to peg me as a certain type of reader, i would say i'm a fantasy reader. that is your safest bet. i do read other things. i read science fiction, fiction, poetry, historical fiction and from time to time, non-fiction. but i have never really picked up a mystery/murder book. well there is always a first.

i started watching the show rizzoli and isles on tnt. it's on monday's at 10/9c. it's a great show! i'm very sick of cop shows (it seems thats all that's on tv these days) but i really like this cop show. and i like this show because of the two main characters. i love how they are written. completely different people. rizzoli is a tomboy, shooting from the hip, kind of cop. she's had to work for what she has and she has the brains and the skill to stand behind what she does.she's just awesome. she's definatly street smart. i love her attitude. isles is from the rich side of life. very intelligent, book smart. but is good at her job also. takes things just a little too literal, but is quick on her feet. with both of them working together, they make a great team. sooooo as i was watching the show i realized that it is based off of a book series by tess gerritsen. so i decided that if i like the show i might like the books. i trotted on down to the library, in my jamies. for i refused to get dressed that day. hehe. and i got the first book in the series. which actually doesn't have isles in the book. she doesn't enter the series until the second book. but i got the first book called the surgeon. and so far, i love it! i've been hooked from the very first page. i can't wait to finish the book and i'm excited to get the next one. the characters are just as awesome in the book. and i love how tess gerritsen weaves her story. so if you like murder/mystery books, i say go and get this one. it will have you on the edge of your seat.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

quoteables 2

so i was cleaning out a box of books and i found my old quote notebook. i thought i had lost it, but thankfully i had just put it away for safe keeping. so i thought i would do another installment of quotes this month using my first quote book i ever created. hope they inspire. (and as a side note, happy birthday dad! and happy anniversary mom and steve!)

-"fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months." - oscar wilde
-"i respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education." - wilson mizner
-"the more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war." - george hyman
-"giving money and power to the government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." - p.j. o'rourke
-"brush the cobwebs out of the sky." - radiohead
-"it's the devil's way now there is no way out you can scream and you can shout it's too late now because you have not been paying attention." - radiohead
-"we are all prisoners here, of our own device." - the eagles
-"freedom of speech exists if what you say is accepted by the majority." - sorrow
-"they say they fight in the name of god but it's only to protect themselves jesus comes to our world with love he doesn't come to our world with war." - narnia
-"you can bet your life that i'll be the first one dancing in the street." - ben lee
-"love ain't suppose to be this bad, make you cry mega ultra sad." - ben kweller
-"you're your favorite stranger." - tori amos
-"if the sun refused to shine, i would still be loving you. when mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me." - led zeppelin

Saturday, August 21, 2010

postcard poetry 6

there's no title for the newest postcard of poetry i have gotten.

her pennies
have wheat
you can eat
his crickets
have legs
that play mozart
your ears
have corn
so sweet
my body into(?) child
to hearts.

Friday, August 20, 2010

jd salinger's toilet

it seems that someone is selling jd salinger's toilet for one million dollars on ebay. what is this world coming to? salinger was a great writer and all, and i love catcher in the rye, but still. do i want to own his toilet, no. i will be very surprised if someone buys it.

postcard poetry article

here's an article about the postcard poetry.

postcard poetry 5

the newest postcard with poetry has titled it's poem: Mt. Rainier

we leave the
and travel to the
glacier covered
mountain that
reassures us.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

poetry postcards 4

yesterday i got another postcard of poetry in the mail. this one is called: Ziggy Stardust

fall alseep to
awake to
a memory of her
intimacies, mattress
chat and
david bowie lyrics.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

poetry postcards 3

today in the mail i had gotten 5 postcards with poetry! it was a lovely surprise, for i was starting to get worried that i wasn't going to be getting any more postcards. so here are the new postcards of poetry in no particular order.

the first poem: Last Time
I was half-
blind with
now the truth-
your eyes
are bloodshot
and like
the moon,

                                             the second poem has no title:
                                             to sunflowers, exercise
                                             plus red not poppies those
                                             in seattle have in paper i do
                                             vienna! tho' pennsylvania
                                             the collection "barnes" an-
                                             other nor the iconic man
                                             and woman in gold
                                            works of mass exposure
                                            yellows whites AND green
                                            and RED floating vienna
                                            river perch in botanical
                                            garden meanls of fortune

the third poem: Streetlight
i fold my cold fingers
into my palm

the yellow streetlight
won't warm my hands

but when i say your name
you begin to begin

                                          the forth poem has no title:
                                          don't judge me.
                                          you haven't journeyed down my roads.
                                          you want change-
                                          i only know this way of life.
                                         you seek healing for our wondedness,
                                         yet i feel no wound.
                                         take time to know me.
                                         let me know you-
                                         then we can decide.

the fifth poem: Sheer Cleft
it was just a simple situation
but someone objected
and filed a complaint.
which irritated the other guy,
bringing in a third perspective
and the problems just piled up
and up and up and up and up.
i can see distant horizons
but i just can't get down
from where i reside
on the peak of progress
at the edge of the edge.

Friday, August 13, 2010

dragons of the hourglass mage

so i know this blog is about writing and everything but i just have to share this cover art. i'm a huge(!) dragonlance fan and have been for years. dragonlance is the series created by margaret weis and tracy hickman. and they have had some amazing cover art for their books. well i have finally purchased the last of the books they said they would write for the series; dragons of the hourglass mage. and i just love the cover art, that i had to share it with all of you.

as a side note, if your looking for a great fantasy series, you should definatly read the dragonlance books!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

poetry postcards 2

i have gotten my fourth postcard with poetry on it. there is no title for this poem.

Mother, transformed
by gravity's
invisible power,
fragility of
tissue, calcium
leakage, by
89 years of
work and sun.

Monday, August 9, 2010

poetry postcards

so for the month of august, i have joined this mailing group that mails a postcard a day to someone with poetry on it. you sign up to be part of it and the idea is that everyday for the month of august someone will send you a postcard with original poetry on it. i have been sending mine out and so far i have gotten 3 postcards. i thought i would share the poetry i have gotten, and then continue to share through the month as i continue to get them. bare with me about some of the words, the handwriting isn't always the best. if i'm questionable about a word, i will put a question mark next to it.

poem one has no title:
Begin with a bright
a bold line drawn
like Vienna in gold
on your upper lip
the scudding(?) clouds piling
for seduction
round and loose
While innocence sleeps
on your neck...

                                                   poem two: First Tourist Sight
                                                   The dervish(?) begins whirling
                                                   Arms spread out
                                                   And a little red cap atop
                                                   his head

                                                   he quickens his pace
                                                   his skirt slowly rises above
                                                   his boots
                                                   until it balloons around his

                                                   he transforms into a white
                                                   no longer human
                                                   in joyous worship

poem three: Ghost Memories
Wearing mist shrouds
they rise from Earth
to haunt the muted sky
echoing the past

Sunday, August 8, 2010

kickstarter part 2

up date on the wonderful kickstarter project i was telling you about. in the 3 days left for them to raise the money, they raised $1400 more than they needed! woot woot! i'm so glad this project got the money it needed. here's the link again if you would like to check it out. and congrats to the desert island supply co!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


so i don't know if you've noticed, but on my list of websites to visit i have kickstarter. which is this great website that lets people start projects with the help of people from all over the country. you pledge so much money and then the people from the project give you things in return of pledging your money. but you don't have to pay what you pledge unless the project reaches it's projected goal within a certain amount of time.

so for example: say i'm trying to publish a book of poems. so i figure i'm going to need about $5000 to fund the whole thing. so i say on kickstarter, i need that much money. and if you pledge say $10 i'll give you an individual poem signed by me. if you pledge $50 i'll give you the whole book of poems numbered and signed by me. so on and so forth. but you only have to pay your money if i reach my $5000 goal.

well i ran across this kickstarter project and it only has until august 7th to reach it's goal. i wanted to share it with you for it's a writing group trying to raise money to better their writing space. the group is called the desert island supply co (disco) and it's a writing group for kids aging from 6-18. i think this is a great little group and should reach it's goal. here's the link to this specific kickstarter.

clinton-mezvinsky wedding poem

normally, i could give a crap about celebrity weddings. i don't care who was there, what they wore or anything else like that. but this time i am interested. chelsea clinton married marc mezvinsky and at their wedding a poem by leo marks was read. i like the poem, so i thought i would share it with all of you. (also a side note, happy birthday mom!)

The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause
For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

just a thought

"Do not read J. D. Salinger on a Kindle,” he says, with a snort of disgust. “Grab that broken paperback.”

i was reading an article and this was part of it. i knew i just had to share it. the rest of the article dosen't matter. this shows how i feel about the kindle's of the world perfectly.

Monday, August 2, 2010


here are this months installment of quotes, hope they inspire.

-"i like things that go into hidden, mysterious places, places i want to explore that are very disturbing. in that disturbing thing, there is sometimes tremendous beauty and truth." - david lynch
-"missing you is easy. its the waiting to see you again that's hard." - ?
-"all i've got is a red guitar, three cords and the truth." - jimi hendrix
-"fettucini alfredo is macaroni and cheese for adults." - mitch hedberg
-"families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts." - ?
-"you can't predict who you'll fall in love with. love's the one thing that doesn't have a pattern - it's a totaly mystery. if you over think it, you're wasting your time." - taylor swift.
-"all the possibility and promise just weighs on me so heavily." - straylight run
-"and i had to leave the house of television to start noticing the clouds. it's amazing the stuff you see when you finally shed the shroud." - ani difranco
-"but she wanted to love someone the way she felt when painting - fearless, messy, vivid." - austenland by shannon hale
-"i cannot believe my eyes, how the world is filled with filth and lies." - dr. horrible's sing along blog
-"i'm so full of love it deeply sickens me." - motion city soundtrack
-"your still alive she said. do i deserve to be? is that the question?" - pearl jam
-"if you are dead, no one can criticize you, or, if they do it doesn't hurt." - sylvia plath
-"every day of every hour i wish i was bulletproof." - radiohead