13 November 2017
Today is my late husband’s birthday, and the anniversary of my baby brother walking on to the next life. So to celebrate them, today, I launched a new literary magazine, K’in.
They filled my life with so much beauty and humor and wisdom and joy. It only seems right to honor them by creating something beautiful.
Make art about honoring the dead.
10 June 2017
Accompanied my daughter and son-in-law today for that GrandPerson’s first trip to a fair.
Make art inspired by a fair, or carnival.
11 June 2017
Traveling on back roads today, my favorite way to get anywhere.
Make art about back roads, country lanes, two-lane blacktops cutting through nothing but countryside.
12 June 2017
Grading and gardening day.
Make art about pulling weeds, about weeding things out.
13 June 2017
Dreamt someone I love brought me a gift.
Make art about a fistful of stars.
27 May 2017
Make art about struggling with depression.
28 May 2017
Make art about learning how to rise from the ashes.
8 April 2017
First Birthday party today for my grandson!
Make art about the miracles of family.
9 April 2017
Tilling in the summer garden today.
Make art about breaking ground.
10 April 2017
A friend of mine lost ten family members in the recent tragic events in Syria.
Make art about extreme loss, or extreme grief.
27 March 2017
Find a photo, and make art about what’s not in the picture, what’s missing.
Joel Peckham is a scholar, essayist and poet who has published a book of essays, two books of poetry, and two chapbooks His work has appeared in many literary and academic journals including The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, The Black Warrior Review, Riverteeth, The North American Review and American Literature Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Regional Literature and Creative Writing at Marshall University.
“A Chevy up on blocks is only an eyesore
to the faithless.”-from “Husks”
In GOD’S BICYCLE, Joel Peckham’s fifth collection of poetry, he offers a spiritual road mix for 21st-century America. In poems that travel from the heartland through Appalachia to New England, he sings a song crafted from his own strange brew of off-kilter, irreverent psalms, prayers, hymns, aubades, and elegies in praise and homage to a fragmented but beautiful landscape and people. Drawing as much from rockabilly as Whitman, these poems are always intense and often exuberant, even in their struggle for the kind of hope that can “rise green and leafy from a bitter soil.”
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