Category: Books

all that lasts

all that lasts
all that returns
all that endures
daffodils, primroses,
ferns, daylilies, hosta . . .

The gardens are an endless source of education and inspiration. There have been losses, and other plants seem to always return – over the years and different weather conditions. Our gardens are all perennials now, and we usually buy a planter of flowers from a local store.

I recently completed the draft for a new book of poetry. We decided on Karl’s photo of swans and Lake Michigan for the cover. My goal is to publish by the end of the year. And that can be revised. The last few years, I began a new book a few times. So having completed the draft now is an achievement. Grateful.

Karl’s photo of the winter beach is the cover for Quiet Christmas Poetry (site and large print chapbook).

Elin Grace Publishing
Oostburg, Wisconsin

sun through a window

sun through a window
falls on the green plant
reaches the earth

I have been watching some good programs. I’ve always enjoyed biographies, memoirs, and stories about creativity. The American Masters series on PBS is interesting.

There is the context of history, past and current, the large events. And also personal history. For example, how place and health affect and shape art.

Two examples of programs I watched are about Twyla Tharp Choreographer, and Flannery O’Connor Writer.

books on the shelves

books on the shelves
from many years
new books and old
from thrift stores
and discarded by libraries

looking at the books
as I sit and write
gives me peace
and books by my chair
in my small study

I do not need to teach
from the books, or even
read them on any schedule,
they are my books now
and they give me peace

Ellen Grace Olinger

Sunday morning

Over the years, my book collection has grown, and I have given many books and journals away. Now I am grateful to browse at home, and read what I was not able to read before, for one reason or another.

Poetry journals, memoirs, novels, letters – books and journals at different times. Rereading is also a blessing, and can be a comfort when I don’t feel able to read something new; and yet I always learn more. If I know the story, for example, I look to learn a little more about how the author achieved the work. If I can easily reread a poem aloud and the poem is still new, the poet has achieved something beautiful.

Sometimes I know an author’s work so well, that a short selection recalls the whole work so far. I have read many books by Luci Shaw. As I write, I am looking at Sea Glass: New & Selected Poems by Luci Shaw (2016, WordFarm).

Over time, this creates comfort and a new history for me. I reread a poem, for example, and remember how the poem helped during a difficult time. And now time has passed, and rereading deepens my faith and hope.

So what I read and write now, is for today, and also for the future. And I remember as well, and am grateful to be writing this post today.

Books by Carol Purington

There is information about Carol’s new book, Farm Song, at Woodslawn Farm “A Seventh Generation Family Farm in Colrain, Massachusetts.” You can also learn more about her books at her Poetry page. Her family links to her page on Amazon and provides more information.

Morning Song Poems for New Parents, Edited by Susan Todd and Carol Purington, was published in 2011 by St. Martin’s Press / Macmillan, in New York.

Previous post in this new series for Carol:

Creative Note in Memory: Carol Purington (1949 – 2020)

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