I look at the books and journals in our home and am grateful. There is a wide selection: poetry, memoirs, novels, books discarded by libraries, books from thrift stores, books given as gifts. Poets I’ve read for decades, and new poets in journals and who post on their blogs.
Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, by Joni Mitchell, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2019; and is a beautiful book. She wrote a forward in May 2019. And she is as grateful as ever.
Poetry called to me from the Psalms, and the hymns, from church. Then when I was young I heard Joni Mitchell, and other artists. I could write too!
Monday afternoon in March sun fills a bookcase from my father
Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need is a beautiful poetry anthology with Time Of Singing. The cover and illustrations are by Charles A. Waugaman. We published the book in 2007, and it has lasted. The themes are timeless and many poets are featured. Lora Homan Zill and I served as Editors. Please visit the books page at Time Of Singing, if you wish to know more about this book.
W onderful time of I nspiration and N ew books T o E njoy R eading
Today as I sat quietly for a time, I began thinking about the new book we hope to create from the blog. When new ideas occur to me this way, I know the creative process is at work once again. A slower pace now. No deadlines. This is just to share and be creative.
One idea I have for the print book title is Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin: Selected Poems and Photos From Our Blog. Another idea may seem better as we work. The title says clearly that this is content readers may have seen before. And if they like the book, they can visit the blog for similar content that may be new for them.
I envision a longer book this time, different from the large print chapbook, Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014). I am still happy with this book, and it was good to promote it again in 2019.
Today I thought about feedback I’ve received over the years and want to remember to include a few old favorite poems.
The daylilies in the vase Are ending
Petals drop on wood
I leave them They express something poignant
That words never could.
“Petals On Wood” was published in ARTS ALIVE: A LITERARY REVIEW (1988, The Tinley Park – Park District; Illinois).
birds perch in sheltering branches a grain of mustard seed
Matthew 13: 31 – 32
Published in Time Of Singing (1995).
shoveling . . . scent of mint through snow
Time Of Singing 25th Anniversary Volume 1998
Sheboygan County Wisconsin State Park System September 8, 2018 Photo by Karl
As many of you know, Karl and I began Poems From Oostburg,Wisconsin in December 2009. A lot can happen in 10 years! Hope you enjoy this selection of poems. I still hope to create a print book from this blog, which is my primary site, with Karl’s help and photos. There will be a page with careful credits, and also with dates and places for Karl’s photos (this will take time and patience). Sometimes, with posts over time, we realize we have achieved more than we knew. No small thing to begin and create a blog. Sometimes I’ve wondered if I can continue; and then I rest and trust and return. And begin another season of work, by God’s grace.
older now used books settle in their new home
All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku (2019) Edited by Robert Epstein Middle Island Press West Union, WV
loved for years and now I know your name blue chicory