It is truly glorious around here of late--the weeping cherry tree in pink bloom, pretty little white and purple violets sprinkled on our un-mown lawn, and the birds are in high song mode. Just last night I was listening to a wood thrush in the woods out back trilling that magnificent almost metallic melody he or she has...utterly gorgeous.
And speaking of gorgeous, check out the new Escape Into Life May Flowers feature here, which includes my poem, "Self-Portrait As Farmer's Market." The artwork is, as always, fabulously stunning and I'm so proud to be in the company of poets whose work I very much respect and love, such as Kelly Russel Agodon and Martha Silano and Risa Denenberg. And great to find new poets, too, to fall in love with.
I am taking a karate class, just starting in my very white uniform (or gi). Working the different muscles, punching and kicking the heavy swinging bags--well, it's just been amazingly refreshing and awakening to start at something new, to be such a beginner at something. Which is also why I haven't done much blogging here. But I hope this beginning at something so challenging will benefit my poetry, too.
Which, speaking of poetry, I signed on for a write a day in May which, ummmm, I've done like two or three poems. It's that constant starting and stopping and I feel I'm using the same words over and over in my poems. It's the opposite of feeling like a brand new beginner with lots of opportunities to learn. Clearly, I need to get out of my poetry habits and put myself in a new place with poetry. I just have to figure out how.
Although I do have a bit of good news I can't quite share yet but will hopefully very soon.