Friday, June 8, 2012

Whole Cloth

I was delighted to have a poem accepted by the lovely online journal A Clean, Well-Lighted Place in May, but I didn't realize it would go up so quickly, that is, in May, and I found it yesterday, in June! (So, not only am I day-of-the-week challenged, but I could also make a new reality show of my life called Which Month Is It, Anyway?)

I love this journal for all the wonderful stuff I've read in it, and also for its Edward Hopper banner image!

Here is my poem, "Whole Cloth," about stuff I see in the world at large, my own back yard, and my mind.

And here is a cool definition by Ellen Rosen that helps us see the differences between "whole cloth" as the phrase is used by people who sew and people who make quilts, fabric experts, and its other meaning as "a total fabrication"--fabrication!--in other contexts. The differences and the connections.

Meanwhile, the wild violets are done blooming, though the beautiful hearts of their leaves remain, and forget-me-not is about to bloom. Red geraniums I moved from pot to bed are opening, and pink begonia. And I have Golden Columbine seeds out the wazoo if anybody wants some!

9 comments:

Hannah Stephenson said...

Congratulations on this, Kathleen! Lovely!

Yes, my summer feels like "What Day Is It," too....

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Hannah, and I do love that freedom in summer, that drifty feeling...of "no time" and/or timelessness at hand...

Sandy Longhorn said...

Oh, lovely poem and I liked how "whole cloth" a slight hint of that fabrication definition underneath the other in your poem. Congrats!

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Sandy! Yes!

Maureen said...

Another congratulations in order! Wonderful, vividly visual poem, Kathleen.

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Maureen!

Collagemama said...

Appreciated Ellen Rosen's explanation of the quilter's "whole cloth" I like the quilter term "fat quarters".

Molly said...

Speaking of random coinciday...... I'm reading a fascinating account of the life of a midwife in colonial times. In her diary, she recorded lots of tidbits about weaving. Perfect timing for me to understand the phrase "whole cloth" and its evolving meanings.

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Nancy and Molly, for reading and for the quilting and weaving connections!

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