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reflecting

Ten years ago today, on a whim, I decided to start a blog. A few months earlier, I had launched a blog site for a local poetry contest (the site is still going and now known as The Poetry Department), and had been enjoying the momentum of daily posting.

I didn’t have a clear notion of what I’d post on chocolateisaverb, nor was I very interested in promoting the site, but I hoped that just having a place to put my words might encourage me to write. Somewhat remarkably, it has.

In those ten years, I have posted fragments of my written meanderings, bits of fiction, musings about my family, and thousands (literally) of found poems. I’ve shared my publishing successes and, by way of found poetry, my political, environmental, and cultural concerns. Almost everything has been fresh off the drawing board, without the pause for reflection and editing that any reasonable poet would give their work before putting it out into the world.

But nobody complained. Every day, I am grateful to the readers who find their way here, who leave comments, and click Like, and send texts and emails, and return for more. In this fragile time, it is hard to project much beyond next week, so I make no promises about the future. But for today, and for the last ten years, THANK YOU for being my audience, my community, and my friends.

This is post number 3,067.

One Sentence Poems

The wonderful online publication One Sentence Poems has accepted four of my found poems, to be published one a day on September 14, September 15, September 16, and September 17, 2020. See the links in the sidebar at left for my other appearances in One Sentence Poems. If you appreciate brevity, subscribe to OSP and get a little dose in your mailbox every few days.

Kissing Dynamite again

another three published

June 12

found poem: It takes courage

found poem: In summer

Psaltery & Lyre

Immigrant

the creatures are stirring!


Can you hear the yowls and yaps, the squeals and chirps? That growling sound, the one that makes you clutch one another in your tent… that’s the sound of SpeakEasy 22: Animal Beast Creature.

The SpeakEasy poetry series returns to Bellingham on Saturday, October 20, 2018, as poets Jennifer Bullis, Elizabeth J. Colen, Paul Hunter, Jeffrey Morgan, Bethany Reid, Kimberly Roe, Ely Shipley, and Sheila Sondik explore the power of animals — persona, myth, spirit, science, and a deep wildness. The program is free and begins at 7:00pm in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre. Village Books will be on hand to sell the poets’ books. Event info on Facebook.

SpeakEasy is an occasional poetry series that emphasizes themed, audience-friendly presentations of quality poetry by Cascadia-region writers. It is produced in Bellingham, Washington, by Luther Allen, author of The View from Lummi Island, and J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg.

Come experience the animal magnetism.

In The News

one week, two readings

It’s a busy week for poetry and it’s not even fall yet! I’ll be among the readers for two terrific journals:

Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 7:00pm
Cirque Journal
Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, Washington

Sunday, September 2, 2018, 4:00pm
Clover: A Literary Rag

Village Books (Fairhaven), Bellingham, Washington

Both readings are free; copies of the journals will be for sale. It would be lovely to see you there!

second of five

found poem: between

found poem: his unsettled

found poem: a mom

Last Call

This just dropped off at the door: LAST CALL: The Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry, edited by James Bertolino and published by World Enough Writers. My poem “Grandmother’s Kitchen” appears on pages 170-171. Drink up!

Note: this Last Call is not to be confused with the newly published (but not yet received) Last Call edition of The Raven Chronicles. More on that when it arrives.

poem

Summer Clover

thank you!

Seven years ago today I took it in my mind to create a blog. More than twenty-two hundred posts later, chocolate is a verb seems to have a life, and an audience, of its own. I am extremely grateful to you for your visits, your Likes, and your comments, and hope this is just one of the many expressions of gratitude you will experience in this season of thanks.

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