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  • December 4th, 2009 | 10:22 PM
Friday Five - Another random edition

1. I didn't get a poem up for Poetry Friday but I've been darting all over the place reading great poems. This week's Poetry Round-up is at Wild Rose Reader. Favorite stops for me today were kellyrfineman who is one of a special group of poets who were challenged (and who rose to that challenge) to write villanelles as they were challenged to by the ever inspirational, liz_scanlon whose own villanelle makes me turn off the computer and try this villanelle stuff my own. Other villanelles can be found with Sara Lewis Holmes , Tanita Davis and Andromeda Jazmon. Another favorite stop was with laurasalas (one of the talented villanelle poets) not just to read her villanelle but to check out the poems from Thursday's 15 Words or Less challenge. And then over to The Miss Rumphius Effect (to read HER villanelle) and to check out this week's poetry stretch which was all about mythical creatures.

2. Which means this is possibly a good time to mention that next year I will be starting something call Poetry Push that I think will run on Tuesdays.

3. Recently I had the pleasure of reading my picture book, Oliver's Must-do List for the local television show Willow Glen in Motion. You can watch it with a child on your lap.

4. We have lists, lists, and more lists. At Chicken Spaghetti you can read a constantly evolving master list of "best children's books" lists!
and then MotherReader shares 105 Ways to Give a Book and Abby the Librarian gives us Twelve Days of Giving.

5. Yesterday I took my first collage class with the talented Lori Krein who inspired me to try something similar to her landscapes. Hopefully I'll finish it next week. I was inspired after reading about Melodye's creative journaling here and here. I have a vision in my head of doing one of my own but I'm not quite there yet. I wish I had a local coffeeshop to gather at with friends to do just that.
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December 5th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Oooooh-Poetry on Tuesday! That sounds great. I can't wait to hear more.
December 5th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I am thinking of an inspiration sort of thing, a combo of your Poetry Stretch and Laura's 15 Words or Less. When I was on retreat recently we did some simple poetry prompts with words that I loved and I'm also inspired by photographs. So I might start off with just inspiration and then, as the year goes on, add in forms so I can learn them too.

My goal for the coming year is to make TIME for more poetry so I can LEARN more poetry.
December 5th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
This sounds wonderful. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for it.

As for learning more poetry, I find the blog How a Poem Happens to be a wonderful place to learn more about the writing process.

December 5th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Poetry Push, eh? *is intrigued*

The villanelle thing turned out to be something I really enjoyed, and will try again. I'd given the form a go twice before, ending up with one abandoned half-draft and one particularly crappy poem, but I think I see some of where I went wrong in those bygone projects. Hope you enjoy working with the form!
December 6th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
I figure I'll rif off of Tricia's stretch and Laura's 15 words or less and see what I can make happen, at least for me. And then if anyone else wants to join in, the more's the merrier.

I am using Tricia's worksheet for the villanelle and trying to write one based on the retreat I just went on a few weeks ago.
December 6th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
Pray tell, WHAT is Poetry Push??????
December 6th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
Oh, duh. I just read the other comments. Sounds like such a lovely new year's resolution... Can't wait!
December 6th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
Thanks, Liz. I hope it works. I figure if nothing else it will get me writing more poetry, like the month of haiku did, and if others want to join in, the more the merrier.

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December 10th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
Thanks for the support on the collage class. You sharing your lovely journals certainly helped push me out there. I'll share when I finish something. I'm working on a landscape right now. I thought I would have finished it Tuesday but the leaves of one of the trees aren't working out at all. I might not work on it tomorrow. I might work on an assemblage tomorrow.

I would LOVE to go to the coffee shop with you. I'm thinking a trip to LA is in my future next year.
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