Thursday, January 24, 2008

Like my new look?

New year, new template. As long as it's free. I thought a harbor motif would suit my upbringing in a seaport on the California coast.

In other news: I recently got word that a poem from my book Femme au chapeau will be included in the anthology Women. Period. The book will be published by Spinsters Ink in August 2008. The poem is "Blood-Cycle Brooding."

Barbara Crooker's Line Dance once again delighted me today with this poem (Barbara said I could quote from the book):

At the Thistle Feeder, Finches, Little Chips of Sun

hang upside down, then flit from branch
to branch in the cherry tree,
which has been whipped
to a froth, blossoms
on even the smallest twif,
a whole rococo palace
of a tree. Lazy drowse of bees.
The air so sugary,
it makes your teeth ache.
A downy woodpecker goes up and down
the trunk, tick-tick, tick-tick. Light hangs
in the balance, like a truce in the east,
fragile, temporary. The sky wavers
over our heads, a flag of blue silk;
grass unrolls its green rug at our feet.
Peace, elusive as bird song,
flutters away.

The delicacy of this poem's aspirations captivates me. I especially like the truce in the east and the tree's rococo palace. She has a way of layering images like a painter layers translucent layers of color, emotions too subtle to name sliding one over another to create something new, unnameable and indelible. Elusive and peaceful.

More books soon!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Bloghopping + new books

For a total trip in a poetry-land you've never imagined could exist -- a sort of Rabbithole Poetry Land, with animation and great readings -- check out Blue's Cruzio Cafe. This is what the Internet can do to change the way you think of poetry forever. A fusion of spoken word, anime, evolving anthology and zine, Blue's Cafe is an experience it's hard to write about. My very favorite is the new animation of Robert Bly's reading, "Stealing Sugar from the Castle."

And yes, I am going to have the honor of joining the Cafe. The next issue will include one of my poem-readings from my CD, A God You Can Dance.

A new book is on my coffee table, and giving me great pleasure. Between work assignments, here and there through the day, I treat myself to a new poem from Barbara Crooker's lovely Line Dance, just released by WordTech. Congrats, Barbara! Go get your own copy, I'm not lending mine!

Another favorite new book -- not new to the world, but new to me -- is Peter Pereira's Saying the World. If translucent is a term we can apply to poetry, that's the one that comes to me when I read these poems. Like water running over stones translucent. The shimmer is in there, though the water looks clear.