- Ekphrastic means writing about art. Including, I wonder, the art of creating art? Kay Ryan, former US Poet Laureate, reflects on Ekphrasis here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2006/12/journal-day-two-56d34c8126d79. Ryan writes about the challenges of chasing after reality with a butterfly net: “I have always been uncomfortable describing what already exists. Existing things are just too hot, too self-radiant. My words get soft and gluey if I try to mold them into a facsimile of something. If I were a sculptor, it would be as if I were forced to work with clay that clung to my fingers instead sticking to my projected dog sculpture.” Be a lepidopterist.
- Speaking of five new pieces, here are five short stories by Carol Shields to read with brief descriptions of why you should know her work: https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/canada/articles/5-short-stories-by-carol-shields-you-should-read/ I think of the artist embroidering the plaza outside the cathedral on the square in Oaxaca as the blogger describes Shields’s work: “focusing on the everyday interactions and moments of ordinary lives.”
- Pablo Neruda writes odes to common things, including bread. Write an ode to an everyday item.
Dense or light,
flattened or round,
you are, bread,
and how profound!
You line up
on the baker’s
like silverware or plates
or pieces of paper
there’s the joining of seed
and you’re growing, growing
all at once
hips, mouths, breasts,
mounds of earth,
or people’s lives.
The temperature rises, you’re overwhelmed
by fullness, the roar
your golden color is fixed.
And when your little wombs
a brown scar
laid its burn the length
of your two halves’
a miracle often admired,
the will to live itself.
- Speaking of titles, take a look at “Famous Book Titles That Took Their Titles From Poetry:” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2012/03/famous-book-titles-took-their-famous-book-titles-from-poetry
- Receive the mosquito, the misunderstanding, the irritated skin, as you would a gift. See how Rodney Jones does this in his “The Mosquito.” The end follows here:
I watch her strut like an udder with my blood,Imagining the luminous pick descending into Trotsky’s skull and the eleven daysI waited for the cold chill, nightmare, and nightsweat of malaria;Imagining the mating call in the vibrations of her wings,And imagining, in the simple knot of her ganglia,How she thrills to my life, how she sings for the harvest.Read the rest at: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/51742/the-mosquito-56d22faf940de
To view the solar eclipse, I headed to Boise, Idaho for a few days before venturing to Weiser, Idaho, and a site at a high school in the path of totality.
Boise was bustling with hordes of other eclipse enthusiasts exploring the area in anticipation of the main event.
At the Saturday morning farmers’ market, there were all sort of buskers, including this talented b-boy performing for applause and a dollar or two.
Speaking of applause, the creative writing students are blogging again this semester and need you support as they share their words and expand their audience. Please follow them, like them, and tell your friends about these diligent and creative writers.
https://ficticiouscivilservants.wordpress.com/ (note the spelling)
And, a former student has started a blog at: https://kakainna.wordpress.com/ (Kakainna! is Tagalog for Eat Now!)
My fantastic former student also recommended the following blogging resources:
http://www.sacramentobloggers.com/ – A local group. I attended a meeting of theirs a week ago, and the info exchanged was quite useful. For example, we discussed the use of images, and the importance of confirming no copyright violations and, if using your own images, the importance of watermarking them (which I hadn’t even considered). Attendees also spoke about affiliate links, which I’d never heard of previously. We also discussed tips on generating more traffic to our blogs, such as group boards on Pinterest and something called “link parties.” This was my first time attending a meeting, and I thought I’d go to this one, at least, to see if I found it useful, which it was. There’s no cost for joining or attending.
https://2017.sacramento.wordcamp.org/ — This was brought up at the Sacramento Bloggers meeting. It’s a series of sessions on using WordPress. It takes place on September 16-17 and costs $40.
http://foodbloggerconference.org/ — The founder and organizer of Sacramento Bloggers is also on the advisory board of the International Food Blogger Conference. She suggested to the non-food bloggers present that they still might want to attend as the content covered would benefit them as well, not just food bloggers.
- Looking for writing inspiration, take a look at: http://awesomewritingprompts.tumblr.com/
- Before celebrating morning in your own piece of writing, read the rest at: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/39602/morning-56d21d30775c0