Well, it's back to school and back to work for some of us who just finished up Spring Break around here, making it a Blue Monday for some. And, alas, back to snow shoveling for others, making it a shivery blue.
So my imaginary playlist for today is all Ella Fitzgerald, from The Rodgers and Hart Songbook, Volume 1:
But I'm having some fun writing people's names on little slips of blue paper, folding them up, and dropping them in a recyclable green plastic cherry tomato basket in the Big Poetry Giveaway! If you want to play, comment on that post or any post in April, and I'll put you in the basket, too!
We've written poems in response to architecture and, in particular, to the current exhibit, A Passion for Detail: The Architectural Legacy of A. L. Pillsbury. A contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright, Pillsbury designed many homes, schools, and public buildings all over Illinois.
"You must change your life," said Rilke. So that's what I keep doing. I worked as an actor and director in Chicago, wrote for an encyclopedia, edited two poetry journals, shelved and retrieved materials in several libraries, walked beans, and was an assistant professor of English. Now I serve as Poetry Editor and Editor at Large for Escape Into Life, an online arts magazine, write & edit as a freelancer, blog "eight days a week," study the random, tend perennials, and listen to birdsong.