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poetry, photos and musings oh my!

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”

– Kahlil Gibran

” I’m not offended by all the dumb-blonde jokes because I know that I’m not dumb. I also know I’m not a blonde.”

– Dolly Parton

“Long hair is considered bohemian, which may be why I grew it, but I keep it long because I love the way it feels, part cloak, part fan, part mane, part security blanket.”

– Marge Piercy

cheveux

first appears as down
changing on her own
to anemic gold
braided, ponytail,
teased, bleached,
coiffed
losing her virginité
to clairol
at thirteen – noir
anything was better
than blonde
in those days anyway
teased, sprayed, curled
which never lasted
permanents: a study in frizz
pulled, yanked,
the rope he drug her by
cut over and over
not always by choice
re-cast as RED…

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A friend is visiting and much to see and do I hope to incorporate into future posts… meanwhile, I hope you will enjoy some older posts.

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“Ideas may drift into other minds, but they do not drift my way.
I have to go and fetch them. I know no work manual or mental to equal the
appalling heart-breaking anguish of fetching an idea from nowhere.”

– A. A. Milne

blocked

will tortured lines appear
stuttering fingers tremble across
the keyboard
an exercise in hit and miss
the empty mind hopes
perhaps the laws of probability
would be kind
smiling in verse

fingers shudder, spasm and freeze
from a distance, grey matter bounces
thought and metaphor
till they coagulate
in cerebral jelly
synapse arrested
white pages glare
laughingly at me

Bisous,

Léa

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Poetry Day!

POETRY DAY IS INTERNATIOAL, there are readings here in France and I have no doubt there are others…

Calling ALL scribes! This is a terrific opportunity for you to let your voice be heard, as Saturday, October 7th is RANDOM ACTS of POETRY DAY Whoa! Are they sure they know what they are doing here? Unleashing bards and bardettes from all over the world to explode with poetic joy, any and every where they […]

via Random Acts of Poetry Day October 7 — Annette Rochelle Aben

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Terah shares her thoughts on Las Vegas

We woke on a Monday to news of our nation’s largest mass shooting in recent history The numbers towering that of Pulse nightclub and that one kindergarten class. You know the one. Blood on children’s books. Teachers diving to save lives. Sick, twisted, white. He fell between the cracks and rose up, armed and angry. It […]

via October First, 17 — Words & Pictures

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Silver Poetry

honest lines draw across her skin but he can’t see with blood in his mouth transmission continues I read your code pegged loosely whipping in the breeze making sin out of nothing he stared at her from the cross remain pure she turned around and tapped her red heels three times I don’t belong I […]

via untainted star — Silver Poetry

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10 Things To Expect When Trying To Finish Your First Draft #MondayBlogs #AmWriting

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In my experience finishing a first draft is a lot harder than starting one.

The last twenty thousand words of a first draft novel can be a weird time for you, the writer. Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong and at times it can feel like the universe is conspiring against you. Life outside of your writing also seems to crumble at the same time and you end up writing ‘The End’ feelingexhausted, tearful and a little…unhinged.

If you are approaching the final leg on your first draft here is a list of things to expect from here on in:

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Starlight

A Rising Star…

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I once was a child kissed deeply, powerfully, by the stars

like a drunk lover kisses his bride

Wanted them to twist electric bursts under my tongue

All I got was gusts of air

Watched them dance and tug fruitlessly

as they crept in through the windowpanes

To finally taste oxygen, & they’d kissed my lips four times successively

Glided down my throat from a breached surface and came up stinking of vinegar

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My Dad’s a Goldfish – And now for something different

My Dad Is A Goldfish

cropped-goldfish-87-1254566814ncva1.jpgAnd by different, I mean totally unrelated to dementia or Goldfish. As followers of this blog know I have been posting rather infrequently over the last few months. One excuse reason has been that I’m in the process of converting the material from this blog into a proper memoir.

I have another excuse – I’ve been working on the publication of a short story collection – and it’s now up there  as an ebook on Amazon.

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Here’s the back-of-the-book blurb:  Shot through with flashes of humour the stories here will entertain, amuse, and make you think. Mary Smith’s debut collection of short stories is a real treat, introducing the reader to a diverse range of characters in a wide range of locations. A donkey boy in Pakistan dreams of buying luxuries for his mother; a mouth artist in rural Scotland longs to leave the circus; a visually impaired man has…

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Unreliable…?

Brennan DeFrisco Brennan DeFrisco is a poet, writer, spoken word artist & educator from the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s the author of A Heart With No Scars (Nomadic Press) and co-author of Exquisite Duet (Hermeneutic Chaos Press). He’s been a National Poetry Slam finalist, a runner-up for the Drake University Emerging Writer Award and is currently the Grand…

via A List of Unreliable Narrators — Drunk In A Midnight Choir

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#NewRelease #DonkeyBoy&OtherStories by #MarySmith

The Write Stuff

Many thanks to Marcia for letting me take over her blog to tell her 3,600 dear friends about the release of my short story collection, Donkey Boy and Other Stories.

The ebook is already up on Amazon at the amazing, introductory price of 99p (which I think translates into $1.34 – still cheaper than a cup of coffee. The paperback will be out in a few weeks.

The cover, which I love, was designed by Melissa Priddy of Creative Station.

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It’s a slim collection of stories which will entertain, amuse, and make you think – and there are little touches of humour. The reader will meet diverse range of characters in a number of different locations. A donkey boy in Pakistan dreams of buying luxuries for his mother; a mouth artist in rural Scotland longs to leave the circus; a visually impaired man has a problem with his socks…

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