8:22 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to silence courtesy of my aunt and uncle leaving after a two-day visit
Hullo, all. The visit was lovely but when there is no downtime… I have no brain, not even for idle chit-chat, so let’s see what I have in the bank.
1] It has been a while [I think] since I posted a Judy Lee Dunn article. She was one of the first to help me with what my blog has become. I follow her pretty religiously, along with her husband, who is a WordPress guru. The article includes two Debbie Ridpath Ohi comic strips. Right there it’s worth seeing. However, we also get a discussion about ‘Confronting Fear: The Elephant in the Writer’s Office‘. While we have read articles on this topic, I try to post links when I think something has been expressed well, or has a fresh slant.
2] This choice of mine is long, very long, as a read. The first time I read it, I thought: No way I’ll do anything but skim. I had to restart and read more carefully. Today I looked at it and thought: No way they’ll do anything but skim and as I thought that, I found myself rereading with attention. That made me decide to offer you ‘The Start: Writing Your Own Poem,’ even with the knowledge that most of us have written poems. There is even a prompt included. Ah, that got your attention.
I include the author’s credentials as they are impressive and lend weight to what she writes. ‘The author is Dr. Judy Rowe Michaels, poet in residence and English teacher at Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey, as well as a poet in the schools for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.The author of two books on teaching poetry and writing, both published by NCTE (Risking Intensity and Dancing With Words), she has also two collections of poems, The Forest of Wild Hands and, most recently, Reviewing the Skull.’
3] Now for some exercise, for your fingers that is. I found a wonderful illustrated tutorial on creating your own miniature book. My immediate thought was presents, so I’ll say no more and let you go look.
I shall see you tomorrow for the roundup; next Tuesday for found poems; and, next Thursday for links, or discussion.
Happy writing, everyone. I’m going to sit and stare at a wall.