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Happy National Poetry Month! A Blessing

Has to start with one of all time favorite poems ❤ 

A Blessing
by James Wright
Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness   
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.   
At home once more,
They begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.   
I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,
For she has walked over to me   
And nuzzled my left hand.   
She is black and white,
Her mane falls wild on her forehead,
And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear
That is delicate as the skin over a girl’s wrist.
Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into blossom.
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Monday Must Read! Peter Grandbois, Nahoonkara

peter-grandbois-b-1-1024x1024This week meet one of my most beloved brother mans 🙂 Peter Grandbois, author of seven books, including: The Gravedigger, selected by Barnes and Noble for its “Discover Great New Writers” program, The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir, chosen as one of the top five memoirs of 2009 by the Sacramento News and Review, Nahoonkara, winner of the gold medal in literary fiction in Foreword magazine’s Book of the Year Awards for 2011, a collection of surreal flash fictions, Domestic Disturbances, a finalist for Book of the Year in Foreword magazine’s 2013 awards, and the novella collections or “monster double features,” Wait Your Turn, The Glob Who Girdled Granville (Honorable Mention, IndieFab award in the category of best fantasy of 2014), and The Girl on the Swing. His essays and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and been shortlisted for both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays. His plays have been performed in St. Louis, Columbus, Los Angeles, and New York. He is senior editor at Boulevard magazine and fiction co-editor at Phantom Drift.

Peter is a graduate of the University of Denver (Ph.D. 2006) and Bennington College (M.F.A. 2003). Previously, he taught at California State University in Sacramento and is currently an associate professor at Denison University.

Nahoonkara is my favorite 🙂

Praise for Nahoonkara

In the tradition of nature writers Rick Bass and Annie Dillard, award winning writer Peter Grandbois’ new novel Nahoonkara opens up an oneiric space of wonder, a place outside preconceived notions of reality and identity, a place where we are free to re-imagine ourselves.

“[Nahoonkara]…incorporates elements of historical fiction with experimental fiction, but nothing that pulls the reader out of the fictional dream.”
—Robin Martin,Gently Read Literature

“Departing from traditional narrative form, Grandbois moves masterfully between first, second, and third persons to invite readers into a textual visualization of how individual choices affect the well-being of the community.” —Review of Contemporary Fiction

“Peter Grandbois is a splendid writer I intend to follow very closely.”
—Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize Winning author of A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain

“Vividly drawn, exquisitely crafted, Nahoonkara bespeaks not just the promise of its author, but also his undeniable power.”—Laird Hunt, author of Ray of the Star

Buy Peter’s beautiful books!

Nahoonkara

https://www.amazon.com/Nahoonkara-Peter-Grandbois/dp/0981968767/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478522617&sr=8-1&keywords=nahoonkara

The Gravedigger

https://www.amazon.com/Gravedigger-Peter-Grandbois/dp/0811858189

The Girl on the Swing: Two Novellas

http://www.wordcraftoforegon.com/#wsfn3_girl

The Glob Who Girdled Granville & The Secret Lives of Actors: Two Novellas

http://www.wordcraftoforegon.com/#wsfn2_glob

Wait Your Turn & The Stability of Large Systems: Two Novellas

http://www.wordcraftoforegon.com/#grandbois1_waityourturn

The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir

http://www.spuytenduyvil.net/arsenic-lobster1.html

Domestic Disturbances

http://www.subitopress.org/catalog/2013-2/grandbois

More from Peter Online

http://www.wordriot.org/archives/2971

http://penmenreview.com/spotlight/penmen-profile-peter-grandbois/

http://midwestgothic.com/2015/07/interview-peter-grandbois/

https://heavyfeatherreview.com/2015/01/14/we-push-up-against-change-and-resist-it-sometimes-violently-so-an-interview-with-peter-grandbois/

http://thestoryprize.blogspot.com/2013/10/peter-grandbois-listens-to-images.html

http://www.smokelong.com/smoking-with-peter-grandbois/

And he fences too!!! 🙂

https://denisonmagazine.com/article/uncommon-ground-the-secret-lives-of-professors-peter-grandbois

Hear Peter Read 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awJ9W7SlQ6o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DHaPjIYTro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su84xHD7PXs

And there’s fencing video too! 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeJK5-q1WG0

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

Monday Must Read! Gabrielle Brant Freeman, When She Was Bad

gabbyAnd we’re back—with the amazing Gabrielle Brant Freeman, author of the stunning debut collection When She Was Bad. Gabrielle’s poetry has been published in many journals, most recently in Barrelhouse, Hobart, Melancholy Hyperbole, Rappahannock Review, storySouth, and Waxwing. She was nominated twice for the Best of the Net, and she was a 2014 finalist. Gabrielle won the 2015 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition. Press 53 published her first book, When She Was Bad, in 2016. Gabrielle earned her MFA through Converse College.

Visit Gabrielle’s Website

http://gabriellebrantfreeman.squarespace.com/

Buy Gabrielle’s Beautiful Book! At Press 53!

http://www.press53.com/Gabrielle_Brant_Freeman.html

Praise for When She Was Bad

Lust. Love. Betrayal and loyalty. Temptation and hilarity. Gabrielle Freeman dissects her speakers’ hearts, tenderly, with supreme attention to what it is to be human, female, and fierce. Gabrielle Freeman’s poems are bad–by which I mean badass bold. Michael Jackson bad. Freeman’s bad and you know it. That’s why you read her. When She Was Bad is a smart, compassionate, tightly crafted and explosive debut. — Denise Duhamel

Read More from Gabby Online

http://gabriellebrantfreeman.squarespace.com/poems-1/

http://ciderpressreview.com/tag/gabrielle-freeman/#.WBc8rdUrKM8

http://www.chagrinriverreview.com/gabrielle-freeman.html

Hear Gabby Read!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnC84HvJl94

You don’t want to miss this poet!

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

 

Daily Prompt Catch-Up <3 Leaves, & Autumn, & Just Going From Here

10/1/2016

Walking in these West Virginia mountains 🙂

“The falling leaves, all over the forest, are protecting the roots of my plants. Only look at what is to be seen, and you will have garden enough, without deepening the soil in your yard. We have only to elevate our view a little to see the whole forest as a garden.” ~Thoreau

Make art about ‘garden enough.’

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10/2/2016

Driving back from WV, I stopped for gas, and Road Angel Louise tells me her story of trying to recover from the recent flooding, what it’s like to lose so much. “Just go from here, I reckon,” she said.

Make art about rebounding from tragedy, about how we ‘just go from here.’

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10/3/2016

Dreamt someone I love brought me apples, Honey Crisp and Red Delicious, Granny Smith and Winesap, even a couple of Arkansas Black. He sliced one with his sharp knife, and smiling, said, Here you go, Missy. A taste of what’s to come.

Make art about the taste of autumn. Or about what’s to come.

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Sometimes the Memory Is the Poem <3

Woke up hearing someone sing this ❤ “Let the light guide your way. Hold every memory as you go.” ❤

Needed reminder that bodies may end, but Love never does. ❤

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