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Posted: 10 Sep 2013 09:06

Spot on, on all accounts. I might add only that, in blank verse, line (and stanza) breaks often function as a sort of punctuation, both in oral recitation, and in providing the rest that pauses allow, between one unit of thought and the next; when discrete stanzas are present, they might group a unified set of statements. Breaks can also emphasise where words or phrases lend themselves to multiple interpretations, with the next line perhaps modifying the sense of what the previous one said, if that line had left off where it appeared, at first, to end. So a poem may read differently on the page than it would aloud, when the rhythms of natural language are more likely to lead the way.

Thanks so much for putting this up, and with such care.

Topic: How to use an ellipsis
Posted: 20 Jul 2013 13:09

Speaking with my editor's hat on, and asking others to chime in, I've had to spank writers for using elipses every single time they run out of something to say. Especially in the case of dialogue, because the writer has trailed off, rather than working through what's missing to finish a thought. Sometimes, it should just be a period. Lazy, lazy, lazy! Like choppy non-sentences. Which I use all the time. (:

Topic: First or Third person
Posted: 20 Jul 2013 12:59

One of my favourite "new" authors, Michael Gruber (Tropic of Night, The Good Son) deftly moves between FP present narrative, FP present journal (bringing in backstory via accounts of earlier events as seen by an "earlier version" of the pov/main character), and TP omniscient; the latter covering pretty much all that was left out, advancing the plot and introducing new characters. He creates remarkably layered story using this combo of devices/voice. And occasionally throws in some poetry, for the likes of me.

Tricky, and for longer works. I can only imagine the post-its, like feathers linked on a yarn wire-frame wing, on his corkboard outlines...

Topic: Being Typecast by a Genre
Posted: 20 Jul 2013 12:40

I wonder whether, despite their success, well established authors still feel insecurities about their talent and if this has anything to do with the decision to use a pen name for a genre outside their comfort zone?

And I would really love to read a romance novel by Stephen King. If only he'd write one!

I would probably read that too. King has written several very nice books about writing, and I think I remember from one of them that the decision to publish under a pseudonym was partially motivated by the publisher(s), and partly by a desire to test the waters without the known name. Most of the Bachman books are King-ish, in any case. I wonder how he felt about the differential sales on first release versus re-release under the King name. I suppose he could comfort himself all the way to the bank on that question.

Topic: This might be of interest to some who are curious how I write poems...
Posted: 20 Jul 2013 12:29

Oh, thank you for posting this. I'm always curious about process.

I can also relate to changing horses mid-stream, as I tend to go back and forth between computer and paper (whatever is at hand, and then write on it in the other direction, and then perhaps crossways again, in indelible and darker ink :). And sometimes, even, on the hand itself. Of late, am feeling somewhat hamstrung without my trusty printer, though, having often printed others' work that I found inspiring, making notes on "lightning-struck" responses for later follow up. And relate to tromping to library computers...my library, however, doesn't have a bar, and the librarians give me long, meaningful looks when, not so infrequently, something startles me into a loud brassy laugh.

Topic: Poem of the Day: Tae a Moose
Posted: 20 Jul 2013 12:02

This is one of my all-time favourites. I give silent thanks to Mr Burns each time my browser crashes and I heap abuse on the wee, tim'rous beastie.

Topic: Word of the day
Posted: 04 May 2013 06:46

This is kind of cheating, because it's about errors and serendipity.
I hate typos, tho' they do happen. I try to root out the hasty swaps of possessives, plurals, homonyms and contractions: they're-their-there, sight-site-cite, and so on. When they're mine, I cuss. Another's make me stumble, reading. Count me among the pernickety.
But I have a favourite, on-line typo: FIENDS, as in "to all my dear FIENDS" or "thank you for the FIEND request, but I'm busy now."
Second favourite, seen on a chart, "Patient returns today . . . has run the GAMETE of conservative treatment options." For an ortho complaint. I love transcription errors. At least this one.
Saving my all-time time fav word for later . . . apparently, I don't know how to spell it d'oh!

Topic: Stop by and meet me Sept. 10 at the Sadie Pope Dowdell Library...
Posted: 01 May 2013 13:56

First, Who's Who, and now a reading. Kudos!
When a speaker I'd invited to an event in her honour arrived, she found we'd arranged plentiful consignment copies of her book, available for signing (in that case, from the university bookstore). Any chance something could be set up at the library? Maybe the prospect of sales would help disspell the willies.
Really, happy for you. =d>

Topic: Places Around the World
Posted: 23 Apr 2013 10:31

responding to the picture in your signature:
driving under these bridges I always marvel at the awesome physics holding them aloft
and my husband would automatically calculate where to place the charges to bring them down
love the pic - soaring - fits with my worldview

and continuing in post,


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for my father in ICU

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Added 27 Nov 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,096 | 3 Comments

the *gift*

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Added 07 Oct 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,179 | 3 Comments

my lesbian lover - II - Isis: elegy to my cat who's still with me or, my lesbian lover II.

Isis: elegy to my cat who's still with me or, my lesbian lover II. Like autumn bears the brunt of winter yet to come -- ambritch, scratch those strictures! sharpen, shorten your claws! on the loose pine of my first dining room mostly banished to my office -- She will not eat. I grant her the lions' share of all protein sharpen my knife to slender the...

Added 06 Oct 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 4 | Avg Score 4.75 | Views 1,287 | 3 Comments

Black Beauties, or: from Mali to East Africa, spanning a continent

Black Beauties, or: from Mali to East Africa, spanning a continent The short, heavy, gleaming cashier -- I was afraid to say  why -- I was so distracted -- stunned almost -- by the historic hairdo she wore so . . . well, it reminded me so strongly of Mali, in the pottery age: the tiles and temples; why not harken to that ancient library? Her body, overripe fruit, straining at...

Added 22 Sep 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,037 | 1 Comment

Oh the Egg

Oh the egg (an elegy for Zipporah) O the egg -- endless image of the hard-boiled egg, all it was meant to stand for: like the cyclic  forever-wedding rings, rebirth and springtime -- kindly expounded by the woman, the rabbi standing in for my husband's mother in the dining room where I missed her most just off the kitchen cramped with strangers' gifts at...

Added 21 Sep 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,072 | 4 Comments

Black Squirrels

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Added 20 Sep 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 915 | 3 Comments

travels and travails in search of the Cleveland Amtrak station

I thought I would share this piece, travels and travails in search of the Cleveland Amtrak station , written in response to an invitation from an advocacy group to review the station from the perspective of those with disabilities. Although unsuccessful in attaining the original goal (a first-hand review of the facility), the description earned an unexpected, generous "expense stipend"...

Added 05 Sep 2013 | Category Humor | Votes 4 | Avg Score 4.25 | Views 1,221 | 5 Comments

in response to When love didn't count: clearly your account is in the black

a perfect cost accountancy  of a relationship  (that didn't add up)  precise records of each transaction  listed in the wrong column  careful maths  but errors made in posting  debts carried forward  even with all those regular payments  no credit against the balance  and a cheque still due at the door...

Added 27 Aug 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 968 | 5 Comments

White Noise

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Added 26 Aug 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 942 | 5 Comments

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