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.
I just learned about the fourth annual “Draw a Dinosaur Day”, thanks to the timely blog mention on behalf of the fine creators Heather and Jeremy at The Voltage Gate. According to Todd of the Draw a Dinosaur Day website:
Draw A Dinosaur Day is a holiday celebrated on January 30th. The goal is as simple as it’s title: Draw A Dinosaur! You don’t have to be a brilliant illustrator, just take a couple of minutes with a blank piece of paper, a post-it note or your computer and enjoy yourself.
I’m grateful for discovering this most excellent of holidays – I needed to have a little fun this weekend! As you can see, I did have fun. This is an illustration of Stegosaurus from The Perfect Present, a short story I wrote in August 2009 and never found time to illustrate. Shown here is Stegosaurus splashing and playing in her musical Melody Lake.
The truth is, I’m having such a blast that as soon as I publish this post, I’m heading back to my sketchbook to draw up my other idea. If I finish it, I’ll be sure to share.
Now go: grab your crayons and paper, and sketch up some ‘saurus!