Eating Poetry: An example of a surrealist poem

Surrealist poetry: have you ever looked to your dreams for a source of inspiration? Or maybe you have a vivid imagination and include both reality and your subconscious to stimulate your writing. While there are many techniques to access your subconscious mind, my favorite is to wake early and start writing without letting the pen… Continue reading Eating Poetry: An example of a surrealist poem

Gifts for Poets and Writers

Poetry gifts can be personalized by the types of poetry forms the aspiring poet loves. Whether it’s short-form, sonnets, or free verse, there are many personalized gifts to choose. And while many writers say no more blank journals. I still include a beautiful blank journal in this ten gifts for a poet article. A blank… Continue reading Gifts for Poets and Writers

Goblin Market- A Victorian Poem by Christina Rossetti

This is a small excerpt from Victorian poet Christina Rossetti’s epic poem Goblin Market. You can find the whole text online. I used this poem as an example in my essay on food in poetry. This is a fun poem to read aloud the alliteration, assonance, rhyme, and visual feast. “Come buy our orchard fruits,… Continue reading Goblin Market- A Victorian Poem by Christina Rossetti

Finding writing inspiration this summer

Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” —Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty I love magazines, but I tend to hoard stacks and stacks of them until, even for me, it’s too much, and I force myself to donate or recycle. That happened yesterday, my deep woven basket that holds… Continue reading Finding writing inspiration this summer

Consider…

Consider the alliance– ships and plants The take-for-granted bloom of our roadsides Queen Anne’s Lace Black-Eyed Susans rode the sea ‘Specimens graciously passed between warring fleets’ And when an old boat rots ashore itself once living plant it sprouts Lorine Niedecker I love the simplicity of this poem, like an observation the poet might have… Continue reading Consider…

a “soft word” on the first day of spring

The crocus beckons like homemade liqueur—each one a glassful of sunlight. The crocus is a soft word in my ear Marion McCready’s poem Look to the Crocus. Today is the official first day of spring, but the crocus has been blooming for a couple of weeks, and the grape hyacinth is next. I usually plant… Continue reading a “soft word” on the first day of spring

the connection of language and food

Before I ever cooked professionally or wrote one word, I had a deep connection to language and food because of my first teacher, my nana. “A writing cook and a cooking writer must be bold at the desk as well as the stove.”― M.F.K. Fisher She was an elementary school teacher and a principal for many… Continue reading the connection of language and food

writing in gratitude

One writing practice I did keep up in the last year was a weekly email to a friend. We had started writing every Sunday as a check-in, accountability email, and understanding the power of gratitude; we always ended each email with a short (3-5 item) gratitude list for that week. If I review the 52… Continue reading writing in gratitude