The After Image

Just recently I discovered a great-aunt, Georgiana Houghton, who
was an artist and is now becoming well-known. She lived in the
late 19th century, and her paintings are incredible, I’ve posted one here …

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THE AFTER IMAGE                                        1482-by-georgiana-houghton-blog

celebrate the art of her
dance the singing paint
arms upraised   hips spinning
in a solidity of pigment

I will sing the wonder
of red swirled into rivers
gold gathered as sunsets
black trees pencil sketched                                      4260-georgiana-houghton-c-1865

I marvel at the skill
that makes oil paints live
as pictures of wind and sky
in vivid hymns of colour

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FRAME & THE McGUIRE
Frame and the McGuireNEW! Frame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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The Pause

The comma claims three columns of explanation in Fowler’s Modern English Usage. Apparently the comma comes to us from the Greek, meaning ‘piece cut off’ and was first used in English in the sixteenth century. There’s lots more information but I find it fun to think about this much-used piece of punctuation, and see what it does from a personal perspective …

THE PAUSE

… …    denotes
a turning point                                           img_9869-1-14-17-blog

a curve in the line
of my thinking

a mark to which
I am moving

the comma is blue
red or black

balanced on an arrow
that leans backward

into a past unwritten
dangling from the line

its head a moon
beginning to wane

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my scans - after 18 112 cover To Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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Considering Bacon

I’m vegetarian but that doesn’t stop me from loving the smell of bacon frying over a campfire and, just occasionally, wanting to eat it. But I don’t, instead I write poems about it in winter …

CONSIDERING BACON

I’ve learned the large way                                img_9862-1-11-17-blog
not to eat six strips
of fatty bacon
one after the other

not that I don’t dream
of such an event
but my body expands
even as saliva pools
in my mouth

the smell of bacon
with two eggs
fried bread   mushrooms
and tomatoes
is enough to wake me
from dietary nightmares
of sprouts   spinach
and acres of broccoli
with no cream sauce

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9781771333054_FC ‘A Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art.
From Inanna Publications, 2016.

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Vivaldi

We were in Venice a few years ago and I had one of those experiences that music can give.
Maybe it was the music over Christmas or a bar or two heard distantly yesterday that
reminded me of that day, but it lifted me out of myself into a sense of heaven …

VIVALDI

an organ recital
of Vivaldi’s concertos
rising to a vaulted ceiling                              img_3801_3-18-08-san-maurizio-vivaldi-ex-blog

a cello rests
before the altar
on display for tourists

a wandering audience
browsing Venetian
churches    we happen
to be one of those
brought into the sound
wrapped in an ode
that invades my mind
takes over my being
until I collapse
onto a chair to be part
of the celestial chorus

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Frame and the McGuireFrame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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Take Off

Occasionally I dream that I’m flying, like Icarus who was so sure he
could reach the sun. I don’t go that far, but my dream takes me high
and then … lets me down … Is this your experience?

TAKE OFF

a compelling dream
urges me into flight                                      img_9375-8-25-16-blog
feathers waxed tight
arms stretched
ready for lift-off
into an unknown sky
where valleys and hills
fall out of sight

corralled with eagles
nestled by hawks
the air undergirds
with cloud and storm
until I am struck
by lightning shards
and fall through snow
to an earth unknown

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my scans - after 18 112 coverTo Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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Prairie Cold

The Southern Hemisphere basks in heat and drought while we
deal with frozen pipes, hoarfrost, chilling wind, rain, and
winter beauty …

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PRAIRIE COLD

hours after sun dies in ice
stars glitter from white ground          img_0758-11-12-2006-winter-playground-blog

maples crisp with frost
hockey plays the street

those days freeze
behind my eyelids

as snow falls
in this northern winter

 

first published in Hudson View

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9781771333054_FC ‘A Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art. From Inanna Publications, May 2016.

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On Getting Dressed

Daylight is extending here in the North but still, getting up, slithering out of a warm bed, and getting dressed, can be stressful, evoking philosophical thoughts …

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ON GETTING DRESSED

I struggle into underwear                       img_9553-12-7-16-blog
of secret hopes   fears
embarrassments

shrug into work shirt
so that others may know
my day is not idle

step into jeans that I
may stride from sink
to workshop accidents

remember watch   rings
earrings that I may be
decorated with fantasy

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Frame and the McGuireNEW! Frame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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