Category Archives: Art

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She’s Waiting There for Me

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Few Things Keep Me Tethered

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One is my MFA. Presently struggling to keep up with thesis production and the class’ creative writing project. Here’s my pushing up against something with weight / reflecting my breathing in and out / without

If you’re looking for generative prompts and writing tips to twist open the spigot for your summer writing projects and/or ambitions, please check out https://heronsandplenum.wordpress.com/

Plenum captures the spirit, energy, and creative urgency flowing through a diverse community of writers–the OSU-Cascades MFA Class of 2015. For seven days of seven weeks, the Plenum Capstone invites the World to join us in creating and experiencing the art of the written word through an innovative e-publishing exploration of the writing and the creative process. The project’s ephemeral nature distinguishes it from the aspirations of growth and longevity associated with more traditional digital media. The Plenum Capstone also echoes the broader MFA experience–brief, intense, and transient, yet providing experiences we will carry through the rest of our lives.

So Here I Am…Still Here

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Italy 2010

I almost deleted this blog. This blog that I read over one more time before hitting delete and finding pieces of conversations and memories between my partner and I.  I and, he is…

My partner passed away suddenly, unexpectedly.

My mouth forms an implacable O.

While I can pretend he’s away on a trip, while I can pretend his energy will drink the hot water I place on his side of the bed every day I come home and wait for him and still wait for him, there was something here in this blog that needed to be said.

Where and how I will or choose to I don’t know. But this. Walking together needed to be said.

How to Describe What I See When I Look at Your Face in Darkness

 

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kindness is in eyelashes
forgiveness in an orange flash
yellow sunflower dust lines kindness
melts away
falling into
crevices a bay
a boy
with sharp angles and sun

Writing Contest for September

The Bamboo Ridge Press is home to many local writers (and I use that term loosely). Transplants, tourists, and residents have much to share about their stories in paradise.
Here’s the link to September’s writing contest Year of the Horse September Contest

I just received noticed that my dark lady photo poem won for August’s contest! (Small yay for me).

Good luck! Keep writing!

Hand-Painted Birthday Cards

A non-writing day productively spent painting cards. Watercolor, glue, and salt.image image

The Window or The Mirror: Part II

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When artists choose to write or create what’s urgent or passionate for themselves while holding up the window for others to peer into their very inner core and layering a mirror behind their art, then people might be moved by that art and see a part of themselves in it. That’s my definition of truly powerful art.

An example? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee jumps immediately to mind.

To see a list of the most life-changing novels by women as posted in The Guardian, click here.