Round-up of inspiration

Feeling like your insides are drying up like the last leaves to fall from the trees? If you’re in need of a shot of creativity, in addition to your vitamin B check out Robin Reagler’s blog, Big Window. I haven’t visited Big Window in a while, since I moved to this new blog, and she has been busy sharing all kind of visual art, including photography, paintings, and even logos. There’s also a wonderful poem called Some Feel Rain by Joanna Klink.

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I was going to write my reaction to Cecila Woloch’s chapbook, Narcissus, a truly lovely book, but Collin Kelley already did such a fabulous job that I’d rather send you to his review. Collin is a personal friend of Ceclia’s and is familiar with the history of her development as a poet. I heard both of them read at Wordsmith books in Decatur, Georgia. Collin’s poems are passionate and elemental in a uniquely masculine way. There is power in the words, and a smooth resonance to his voice. Cecilia has a soft voice, like silk, and her words flutter like the white moths she writes about in Postcard to Myself from the Lower Carpathians, Spring.

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If you haven’t already done so, check out Peony Moon, a new blog by Michelle McGrane. Besides writing stunning poetry, which you can read on her blog and in many other places on the web, including ouroboros review, Michelle is a voracious reader. She generously shares the tidbits of wisdom and beauty she finds on Peony Moon. It’s a great place for a daily dose of inspiration.

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The Bookshelf Muse, by writers Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman, provides a very useful service for poets ands story writers alike – a thesaurus of words compiled by the authors. My favorite one so far is Sarcasm and Emotional Disrespect. What can I say? I have a mean streak. Even now I’m rubbing my hands together, cackling maniacally.

9 thoughts on “Round-up of inspiration

  1. Collin Kelley says:

    Thanks for the kind words about my work and Cecilia’s gorgeous poetry. I highly recommend “Sacrifice” and “Late,” her full-length collections. She has a new collection coming from BOA late in 2009.

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  2. Michelle says:

    C, “Some Feel Rain” is an incredible poem. Thank you for the heads-up.

    I’m going to read Collin’s Narcissus review now. (I love your description of Cecilia’s voice “like silk, and her words flutter like the white moths she writes about in Postcard to Myself from the Lower Carpathians, Spring. I want a voice like white moths too :))

    And, yes, The Bookshelf Muse is on my blogroll. A great find.

    Thank you for the mention! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.

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  3. christine says:

    Collin, thanks for stopping by, and for mentioning Celia Woloch’s books. I’m going to add them to my reading list.

    Thanks Jo. I do too, I guess that’s why I do them, *smile*.

    Michelle, I thought to link to Peony Moon after I wrote about the Celica Woloch’s white moths, because actually the image reminded me of your writing.

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  4. Michelle says:

    Had to come back to tell you I’ve just read Collin’s review and “Postcard to Myself from the Lower Carpathians, Spring”. Breathtaking. Utterly. And those words from “Grace” about leaving the air untouched …

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