Happy first day of summer, and happy Hump of the Week in the blog. As a first day of summer, this one will feel like it: 90s again, blue sky, bright, humid. Maybe thunderstorms tomorrow.
I rescued a bunch of gloriosa daisies that were dragged down by the last storm, followed by the intense heat, and stuck them in pitchers and vases of water in my house, which is now transformed into a 3D Vincent Van Gogh painting, as these "daisies" resemble sunflowers!
This collage that I call "Lipstick Sun" is by Delilah Jones, and you can see more of her work over at Escape Into Life, where today's poetry blog post is about the speaker and the persona in poetry. And I quote Emily Dickinson's "I'm Nobody!" poem, which has June in it. And it links to work by Sandy Longhorn and Jeannine Hall Gailey. (And their blogs are in the blogroll here, if you want to know more about them.)
"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.