Saturday, May 09, 2009

BabelFruit's Cool New Look

Check out BabelFruit's new look. And look below (and to the left) for a sample of rosarian Carolyn Parker's photo work.

I'm not telling you this just because I have three poems in the current issue, but because I want you to enjoy the smooth ride, the visual and literary pleasures, and the ease of maneuvering through this zine. It's everything an online magazine should be, and editors Ren Powell, Cati Porter, BA De Oliveira and Richard Pierce Saunderson should get high marks for excellent work. There's also an editor's blog, of course. Current issue also has work by my friends Barbara Crooker and Martha Silano. Everything in BF is good reading.

My friend Carolyn Parker (author of R Is For Roses) is having an ecstatic spring in her acre of roses. See the result in her Rose Notes Newsletter blog. You can almost smell the delicious roses she cultivates and arranges and photographs. Luscious. Above is an example of her roses and her photography. Imagine a life surrounded by roses.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Eternity + Productivity

Eternity is a new phone I'm in love with. And stumbling around in. It has many features, it surfs the Web, it emails (sometimes when I'm not looking), it has widgets, and is generally like a new puppy -- adorable and unmanageable. But I've ordered a bunch of accessories, so it's all good, right? It's my birthday present, and it can find the nearest Starbuck's and pizza place. What's not to like, even if it sends half-composed emails?

So the big question of the day -- and for all of May -- is whether to continue composing new work each day or begin editing April's batch. I'd like to edit, but editing is such a different creative mind set than sending the bucket down the well to see just how deep it really is.

What are you doing today - composing afresh or reinvigorating poems past?

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Bouquets to Carol Ann Duffy & Local Laureate Connie Post

Get to know a new Poet Laureate (England's):

Who Is Carol Ann Duffy?

New Laureate's Rhyming Riposte

NYTimes on Duffy with Links

The rain has stopped, and I'm going to try to get out for a walk. If I get wet, that will only be a plus. Rain in May in the Bay Area! The unusual phenom will continue through about midweek, with my spirits soaring accordingly. Yet, I am thoughtful about my water use, luxuriating in small economies. I have no lawn, so no large economies are possible here.

And sending my cheers and bravos to an outgoing local Poet Laureate - Livermore's Connie Post. Post has held the, well -- post -- for several years and has been tireless in promoting poetry in the Diablo Valley and beyond. I wish I could be at her last formal Laureate reading today, but as I can't, I'm sending this virtual bouquet.

Thanks to the poet of Diablo Valley rose culture, Carolyn Parker, for today's image.