This is one of four photos that I entered in a "Color Splash" art show at the Flagler County Art League, which includes paintings, mixed media collages, paper mache, stained glass and photographs. This was my first time entering photographs into an art show and seeing them hung in a gallery, so it was fun to see them on display among the array of colorful artworks. I was also surprised and delighted to find that my "Autumn Splash" received an Award of Distinction.Read More
I wrote earlier about the mysterious book sculptor of Edinburgh, Scotland, who has been anonymously gifting extraordinary book sculptures "in support of libraries, books, words and ideas" since 2011. Last spring, she announced that she would be creating her final sculpture and invited submissions of paper butterflies to be included.
Find links, video and two new poems "in support of libraries, books, words and ideas"...Read More
The Gargiulo Art Foundation and Flagler County Art League feature an annual Art in Public Places show to highlight the thriving local arts community and invite visual arts and poems inspired by arts displayed throughout the area. I was especially taken with a flock of bronze herons and was honored to receive the Art in Public Places 2nd Place Poetry Prize for my poem, A Monumental Pose.Read More
Earlier this month, I shared some poems from an ekphrastic poetry project and presentation. Here's another beautiful image by a Flagler Beach Photography Club member, this one by Lisa Danziger Fisher, that was especially striking and fun! I love this sweetly serene sunset scene and the red-tipped oar that leans on the side of the little green boat. It strikes me that it looks a bit like a big matchstick, which ignited the poem, "Striking Sunset"...Read More
I was recently invited to write ekphrastic poems for photographs by members of the Flagler Beach Photography Club. I was especially struck by this image by Mary Jean Campanelli. These two roses, so elegant and frail, photographed together in this late stage of their lives, seemed to be telling a tender love story. I tried to put some of that into words in a poem of the same title as the photograph, "Last Days."Read More
When I saw Spank the Carp journal's ekphrastic poetry contest, the subject drew me in right away with its rich, colorful texture and intriguing figure at the center. The artwork is by Elizabeth Darrow, who kindly gave permission for me to share it here with you. I was honored to have my poem, "Meditation" receive 2nd place...Read More
Following is a cento (also known as a patchwork or collage poem), a poem that stitches together lines from multiple poems by multiple poets. (The form takes its name from the Latin word for patchwork.) While the cento is usually a short form, "Sailing through the Poetverse" brings together and celebrates a diverse array of poets through time and place. Among the poets quoted are Rumi, Sappho, Shakespeare, Maurice Sendak, Pablo Neruda, Tom Waits, Jack Kerouac, Federico Garçia Lorca, Cornelius Eady, Wislawa Szymborska, Matt Rasmussen Dr. Seuss...Read More
To celebrate National Poetry Month, the ebook edition of "The Beauty of Listening" poetry collection is free through April 30, 2016!Read More
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of National Poetry Month! Find celebration ideas, special projects and events in this "30 Ways to Celebrate" post from the Academy of American Poets at Poets.org. This month on the blog: an ebook giveaway, new "found" poetry and more...Read More
"Oh! These Glorious Creatures" is an art and poetry show currently at the Flagler Art League in Palm Coast that runs through April 5, 2016. I was honored to have my poem, "The Bow Frog," receive the People's Choice Poetry Award. The poem is based on a photograph by David Bowers: "Which Way to Carnegie Hall?"...Read More
The Florida State Poets Association offers members the opportunity to sponsor and choose a theme for one of their annual poetry contests, so I'm happy to announce the contest theme: LISTENING!Read More
The National Day of Unplugging invites us all to unplug for 24 hours, March 4-5, 2016, from sundown to sundown. This event takes place annually on the first Friday of March, which seems like ideal timing as March is also Listening Awareness Month!Read More
Here are a few favorite love poems for my Valentine—and for Valentines everywhere, along with some original poems and the most romantic, creative poetry review I've ever seen! :)Read More
A collection of love letters dating back more than 100 years inspired this poem, which celebrates the flair and artistry of old-fashioned handwriting and language. So here's an ode to handwritten letters and cursive writing, those "letters thoughtfully written / in beautifully tied ink ribbons"...
(Did you know today is National Handwriting Day? Read more about this special day with a personal touch below the poem!)Read More
Back in October, I shared some sightseeing photos from California. The only writing I did on the trip was with my camera, which I've decided to call "light writing" (after all, it's a way of writing with light). We also visited Jack London State Historic Park. As today is Jack London's birthday, it seems like a perfect time to share.Read More
Big changes are flying in on THE PIG'S WINGS this year! This blog "took flight" around this time last year, in February 2015. Now it's time to make some changes and say goodbye to the Listeners Unite Blog and The Beauty of Picture Books Blog...Read More
If you're in the Daytona are, come celebrate the new year with poetry and music at the next Dan Pels Poetry Show on January 6 at 7 PM!Read More
Here's a little holiday poem about the day after "The 12 Days of Christmas"! ("After Christmas" is also recorded as audio and video. Both are posted below the text.)
"In a one-room apartment,
My true love gave to me..."