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!
"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.