Archive for October, 2012

The Structure of Trees

The structure of trees

apparent only when

leaves have fallen.

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ModPo

First, the photo is an example of what I do when I am not writing.  That’s not to say it’s like doing dishes or changing the sheets.  It’s what I do instead of writing.  Many, many things fall into this category, but one big bucket is called “fiber arts.”  The August/September issue of Quilting Arts magazine offers the opportunity for an Artists Trading Card (ATC) exchange:  make one, get one.  QA encouraged makers to use ideas from the issue.  One woman, Diane Savona, wrote about her work in an article titled, “Under the Surface Embellishment.”  She takes found objects, covers them with hand-dyed fiber and stitches them in place.  That sounds simpler than it is.  I spent probably six hours stitching my little 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch piece.  Savona’s work is the most unique and inventive I’ve seen in the quilting field.

The other thing that has started to occupy my time is ModPo.  I heard a segment on NPR at the end of September about a free on-line course in Modern Poetry.  The class had started and work in the kitchen was in a state of chaos, so I filed the thought.  Yesterday I was perusing NPR’s website and saw a link to Coursera at www.coursera.org    There is a schedule of nearly 200 free courses offered by universities all over the country.  I signed up for the University of Pennsylvania’s class in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry, taught by Al Filreis.

It’s a 10 week class and since I joined late I have not taken exams or written papers, but the site will be up for a year longer for people who enrolled.  There are links to discussion videos where Al and seven students discuss poems in detail, plus links to written and audio poems, additional reading, discussion forums, etc., etc.  The class starts with Emily Dickenson and Walt Whitman as pre-modernists and starts to trace their influence through the 20th century to today.  It’s a great opportunity and … free!

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It’s Political

Path in Tiedemans

Verse Wisconsin just published issue 110, “It’s Political.”  The publication is on-line at http://versewisconsin.org/issue110.html

Two of my poems are included:  “A Gentleman Passes the Protest,” and “Honorable Mr. Cat.”  Click on Mary C. Rowin to view the poems; you can also read what I said about writing them.

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Blazing Colors

It’s been less than a week since I took this photo and the trees are already bare after a rainy and windy weekend.  Meanwhile, the three maples in my yard have been dropping leaves like a celebrity dropping names, one pretty face after another. 

Here are some Haiku from past mid-October entries.

Gusts to forty miles

scatter maple leaves into

every corner.

 

Calico cat hunt.

Fall leaves provide camouflage

so she can stalk squirrels.

 

Early morning light.

Honks and quacks rise from the pond.

Overhead, two cranes.

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Frost Warning

From the National Weather Service:

TEMPERATURES WILL DROP QUICKLY LATE TONIGHT AND REACH FREEZING DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS.

IMPACTS…SENSITIVE OUTDOOR VEGETATION WILL BE AT RISK. TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT SENSITIVE PLANTS.

 

Frost Warning

I could cover my plants or accept

that I can’t hang on to all that I love

but sometimes I must just  let go.

 

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