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Who Gives a Rip About Poetry?

Who Gives a Rip About Poetry?

In the last few weeks I signed up to take two poetry seminars. Both were cancelled for lack of interest. A novel-writing course at the same venue was so popular they had to add a second session. Which lead me to wonder whether anyone gives a rip about poetry. I do. Poets know how to pack a punch is so few lines it makes me shake my head in wonder. I still am amazed at the power of four tiny lines in one of…

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[Challenge] One More Visit to Emily Dickinson

[Challenge] One More Visit to Emily Dickinson

The first stanza of one of Emily Dickinson’s poems reads: The sky is low, the clouds are mean, A travelling flake of snow Across a barn or through a rut Debates if it will go. Your challenge is to use the first two lines of Emily’s work but replace the last two with your own. Good luck!  Leave your poem below or over on my Facebook page. Photo Credit: madisonashley via Compfight cc

[Challenge] Finish Emily’s Poem

[Challenge] Finish Emily’s Poem

I stole this idea from American Scholar. Using the first two lines of an Emily Dickinson (unfinished?) poem, readers were challenged to write the last two lines – being sure to use at least one  of Emily’s own writing conventions (dashes and capital letters).  Only two brave souls joined me.  Hoping for more next time.

Emily Dickinson and a San Diego Coffeehouse

Emily Dickinson and a San Diego Coffeehouse

A week or so ago I tweeted an article about the second known photo of Emily Dickinson being found.  Long a lover of Emily’s work, I found myself thinking about her this morning over coffee at Monica’s at the Park, a favorite San Diego coffeehouse. Sitting out on the patio I was fascinated by the hundreds of bees darting in and out of the bottlebrush tree and wondered what Emily would write about their flight. Thus, this homage, with apologies…

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