Saturday, June 15, 2019

Exquisite Corpse Poetry Solitaire Is a Hoot

Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative game played (traditionally) by several people. In the poetry version, each player writes a word on paper, conceals said word, and then gives the paper to the next player… so that she or he can add his or her contribution.

Today, at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, I’m hosting a game of Exquisite Corpse Poetry Solitaire. Go on, fly to The Garden… and sprout some exquisite fun.


my Exquisite Corpse of a poem: “Chubby Coffee for Scruffy Worlds”

Clean cases make skinny stories
of flabby groups beholding plain times,
chubby coffee undulates magnificent places.

Flabby days slay quaint times 
(and drab books) that slink short questions.
Fancy a home made of scruffy years

and bald lives, casting unsightly times,
fit for eyes that burst with long stories
and flabby facts vexing scruffy worlds.

Exquisite Corps drawing

crafted for the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads (Weekend Mini-Challenge: Exquisite Corpse Poetry) and Poets United (Poetry Pantry $#483)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Freedom (and books and plants and coffee), or Else…

“You must name yourself in the end… We all must fight according to our nature, and you Dear Not-So-Little-Red have a far more tender heart than mine. The path of nightshade and toadstool is not for you.”~ from Rowena, in A Witch Whispers to a Young Handmaid with a Tale, a prose-poem by Rommy Cortez-Driks


the poem bit:

Belladonna
plants demand
balance, like me
I’ll have freedom, or
else…


for Sherry’s Wordy Thursday with Wild Woman: Being a Woman in Times Like These (at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads). The elfchen was inspired or gently demanded by Rommy’s Rowena and by Kerry’s words (thanks a million, dearest ladies).


now, a bit of writing and living (and reading):

I’m finally done with the outline (and more) of the cancer book that is not really called the cancer book. I’ve never taken this long to outline anything. But… I’ve also never have been this sick before. So, here is to rolling with the ink and seeing where it writes.

My eyeballs have been on strike—feelings are inflamed, opinions reddened, and all involved seem much too sensitive (to bright light). Things are currently kept appeased by never-ending hot compresses and ridiculous amounts of artificial tears (and the threat of more surgery). My wrists and fingers, on the other hand *grin*, are being hurt-filled bastards (and the main culprit behind my virtual semi-MIA-ness). Still, I’m finding ways around the madness and will soon annoy you as often as I always have.


lastly, here is part of my summer reading list (in response to Khaya’s 2019 challenge):

1. From your bookshelf (physical/digital), pick a book you bought but haven’t read yet: From the Depths of Darkness: A Collection of Dark Poetry Left in the Light, by Khaya Ronkainen

2. A book in a genre that bores you or don’t care for, and see if your “prejudice” against the genre is well founded: Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1), by Alisha Rai

3. A book set in a country you’d like to visit or written by an author from that country: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein (to the moon!)

4. Is there a classic someone was surprised to hear you haven’t read? Ignore that, instead pick a classic you’d like to read: Villette, by Charlotte Brontë

5. A book in translation (from any language to the language you’re comfortable reading in): Taught by Flames: Magic Behind the Mountains #5, by Diandra Linnemann

6. A nonfiction book on a subject you “know” your friend/sibling/spouse would benefit from reading: Hurting Your Characters: A Writer's Guide to Describing Injuries and Pain from the Character's Point of View, by M.J. Carlson 

7. A book from [one of] your favorite genre(s) by an author you’ve never heard of: Dreadnought (Nemesis #1), by April Daniels 

8. A book recommended by a friend/colleague/stranger as a must-read: Heads Will Roll, by Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne

9. Recommend at least one book… (well, don’t you mind if I do): Full Cicada Moon, by Marilyn Hilton (because it is one of the best books I’ve read this year); The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faerie Tales, by Rommy Cortez-Driks (because if you’ve yet to meet Rowena—the voice in the quote at the beginning of this post—you totally should); Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (now a TV show that left me twitching to reread the book in order to stop cursing horrid adaptations and start feeling better), by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (Why? Because it’s freaking awesome, that’s why!).


So, my Wicked Luvs, what have you read lately? Better (greedier?) yet, what do you recommend? (because no to-be-read pile is ever happy, if it’s not forever threatening to topple and bury the reader that made it in word-yum).

give me books and plants (and the knowledge that other women are also getting what they need and want), and coffee—must have coffee—and I’ll be happiest