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  • November 30th, 2010 | 10:24 PM
Poetry Play #1

I've been away from blogging for a while due to house renovations and my inability to focus on a gazillion things at the same time. So I was trying to figure out how to ease my way back into things during one of the craziest months of the year. Christmas is light around here. I'm not doing any tree or decorations mostly because the house still isn't finished and will probably get put back together around the 23rd. That's okay. Next year I can go all out.

Anyway, at night I've been reading books of poetry and books on the craft of poetry and just trying to generally learn how to think more poetically. There were a few exercises that spoke to me but I am going to pick just one and try to do it every day. I'll post my rough efforts and invite you to play along. The idea is to learn to notice what is all around us and try to make a poem out of the simple yet specific things we see each day. Each day I will make a list of 5 things that I see and try to use them in a poem. Simple huh? We'll see.

It's late and I'm snuggled up on the couch and too lazy to move around so here are my 5 things. Feel free to use my 5 or notice 5 of your own.

sleepy dog
layers of dust
cookie crumbs
noisy fire
shadows in the corner



Shadows in the corner
can't hide secrets
can't hide s
secrets

guarding books
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.



WHO AM I?



Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.






Susan Taylor Brown

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