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..."
Wishing you a warm, happy holiday season filled with warmth, love, poetry and magic!
Here are some Florida holiday scenes from Deer Key, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, St. Augustine and Palm Coast, along with a little poet tree...Read More
In honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), here are three poems from The Beauty of Listening on the theme of novel writing: The Novel, Novel Ideas (a sequel to The Novel), and A Novel in Verse. The last poem rounds out with some poetic video fun from 1901.Read More