In celebration of National Poetry Month this April I included an assortment of micropoetry @JadeBlackwater on Twitter. Throughout the month I also added the #STpoem hashtag in order to share my poetry with the Seattle Times Twitter Poetry Contest.
Below is a complete reprint of the micropoetry from @JadeBlackwater for April 2010. Line breaks have been restored where ‘ / ‘ was used in the feed.
What I enjoyed most about tweeting micropoetry for NaPoMo was the excuse to share a poetic response to my day. Unlike my usual tweets—which are mostly prepared and scheduled in advance—the poems I tweeted in April were sent as soon as composed. Like all journal entries, these poems each keep a story.
———-7:29 AM Apr 2nd
surprise morning snow
safe in the ash white world
———-11:35 PM Apr 6th
rests in slivered light
beneath watchful moon
———-10:14 AM Apr 8th
Ariolimax columbianus poetess
sentences congeal in sticky opalescence
while she explores the shady sweetness
———-10:25 AM Apr 9th
twitter and flutter at sunrise
pluck juicy jewels from willing boughs
connect puddle to balsam breath
———-10:04 AM Apr 12th
New Moon rain licks the waiting Earth
awakens old dust and fresh oil
whispers sweet darkness in waiting
———-2:55 PM Apr 13th
Crack open the wriggling mass
scoop your brains with a seafood fork
then fling the meat into the fire!
———-9:26 AM Apr 15th
palms open skyward
———-2:01 AM Apr 20th
this fine rain
my silver lining
bring me the wet word
———-6:45 PM Apr 20th
visceral papillon inspiration
wing across green seas from distant gold shores
when desperation sings “Hurry, flurry!”
———-1:32 PM Apr 21st
sacred grey showers
answer the hedge call
———-3:35 PM Apr 22nd
twist your wrists with the Balsam cottonwood
dance in rhythm with Douglas squirrel chatter
———-11:51 AM Apr 23rd
cool garden beckons
branches all whisper
sweet huckleberry perfume
———-9:05 AM Apr 24th
two-stroke engine growls
breathfuls of dust bite the air
cut grass flickers past
———-7:03 AM Apr 26th
full moon approaches
earth groans and ripples
tickled and provoked
———-10:50 AM Apr 27th
wrap rainy arms ’round the world
squeeze the sparking sky
———-8:03 PM Apr 28th
of your rake
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In January this year I was interviewed by my friend Perry Norton, owner and voice talent at PanRight Productions. If you’ll indulge me here today, I’d like to share five minutes from our interview during which I read my poem Forest Song and chat with Perry about my love for poetry.
You can read the full text of Forest Song here on Arboreality.
[Note: our interview experiment was conducted via phone conference. You’ll want to turn the volume up for best results.]
Follow @PanRight on Twitter if you’re interested or engaged in voiceover work, music production, and other audio media.
Next in line at Brainripples: a review of GUD Magazine.
Contrary to what logic might suggest, my low-attendance at the Brainripples blog is in fact a sign of how busy I’ve been.
Here’s a little update from my desk:
Copywriting and Poetry
Concise language is important for both copywriting and poetry. Since December I’ve enjoyed the dual tasks of copywriting for Kathi “george” Wheeler of Noise w/o Sound Graphic Design, and revising poetry from my 2009 journals to prepare for a round of submissions this spring. Of all the writing I do, poetry revision is probably the most difficult. It’s delicate work to revise small handfuls of words without losing the voice.
Festival of the Trees
Last November Dave Bonta and Pablo invited me to join their team in support of the Festival of the Trees blog carnival. You all know how much I love this project, so you can imagine how stoked I am to lend a hand. We’re looking for volunteers to host! Read an interview by The Nature Blog Network with the Festival of the Trees crew. The Festival of the Trees is @treebloggers on Twitter and Identica.
All lovers of literature can find me this spring May 14-16, 2010 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for the Pennwriters Annual Conference: The Writer’s Craft. To learn more, read this Feature Artist Interview with Conference Coordinator Ayleen Stellhorn. You can count on seeing me in PA next year too – I’m running for VP this term to support Carol Silvis; she and I are working hard in preparation for 2010-2012.
@JadeBlackwater on Twitter
You can now follow me @JadeBlackwater on Twitter where I tweet about writing and art, ecology and conservation, sustainability and gardening, and everything else that makes me think. I never thought I’d be a tweep, but I’m already a nerd, so I shouldn’t be that surprised. To help preserve my time, I typically schedule tweets in advance via HootSuite, and to help preserve my readership I shorten links via bit.ly. (I also like to poke around #poettues hosted by @robertleebrewer.)
JLB Blogs on the Move
I’ve been tweeting away since January while my blogs Brainripples, AppleJade, and Arboreality appear to languish in neglect. In fact, I’m preparing to relocate my blogging adventures under one roof at Brainripples.com (including a much-needed new web design). Since I’ve been blogging for five years, it seems like the right time to try on the big girl pants. Prepare yourself for the next incarnation of my blogs as I shake off the old and don the new. (Sheesh, how many more metaphors do you think I could have packed into this paragraph?)
Coming Up Next
Show and Tell Friday is beyond over due, and I’ve found so much cool stuff on my Twitter adventures. I’ll put one together for you soon! I was also invited for a fun phone interview with Perry Norton of PanRight Productions. I’d like to share that with you all soon. Finally, I’ll be selecting at least one poem from my drafts to share here, probably something I love but know I won’t submit.