I've been helping teach an after-school poetry class for teens, and one of the assignments was a "found" poem composed of song lyrics from artists each student chose. Students were also tasked with choosing from a long list of provided themes to focus their writing, and to come up with a picture (drawn or nabbed from the internet) to accompany their poems.
Limericks, as you likely know, are generally humorous, and the subject here is not. While this structure may seem like an odd choice for this poem, I think the rhythm and rhyme of it add to the tale, and perhaps the chaos of the main character's situation.
Warning: This post may be insufficient for some readers. I've been back from Rwanda for a week now and "real life" is starting to feel normal again. However, I'm still, tragically, at a loss for words when it comes to letting my friends and readers know "how it went." I guess we who go on… Continue reading A Brief but Necessary Update
The results of my book buying survey (shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) are in, and: ...people don't buy poetry. Of the 104 people who have participated in the survey so far (primarily my Facebook friends and friends of friends), 82% said they would buy a work of fiction because they knew and liked the… Continue reading Book buying survey results
This week, I self-published four books: Songs from the Underground; Ever Unknown, Ever Misunderstood; Uneven Lanes; and Wabi-Sabi World: An Artist's Search. The first three are available as eBooks on Smashwords, and the last is available on Blurb in softcover and hardback. But that's not what this post is about (really). I hadn't intended to self publish. I admit… Continue reading So…self publishing