Thinking a lot about rivers and home these days.
Here's"Watershed," one of my poems about the Susquehanna, as well as a bio and photo (of when I still had a lot of hair!).
Monday, August 28, 2017
Thursday, August 17, 2017
|Crux, aka The Southern Cross, not visible in the Northern hemisphere|
Some good news today. Four of my poems, "Nines", "Interim", "Ending", and "My Father's Shirts" have been accepted for publication.
The two journals are Alabama Literary Review and Off the Coast.
A rare event, since "Nines" is a free verse incantation/list poem.
All 14 lines in "Ending" end in the same consonant/vowel combination but also have a newly-invented (by me!) rhyme scheme: abcdabcd efggfe.
What can I say about "Interim" except that I consider it a 15-line sonnet in tetrameter, about a relationship that's beginning to fall apart.
As for "My Father's Shirts", it's a Stefanile sonnet (not many of these around!). My favorite of the four.
Thank you, Bill Thompson and AE Talbot!
Monday, August 14, 2017
For some reason, the link to my curtal sonnet, "Plain Beauty", published in May 2017 in The Rotary Dial is non-functional, so I've included it in this blog post. It was one of six different types of sonnets I read on Saturday evening at the campfire reading at the Parc nature Les Forestiers-de-Saint-Lazare, in the little village where I live. A photo of me reading, taken by Brian Campbell, is below.
Glory be to God for homely things—
For muddy boots and oil-stained dungarees;
For calloused hands that knead and scrub and hem;
Threadbare baby blankets; apron strings;
Those first attempts to write the ABCs;
And tone-deaf lullabies at 3 a.m.
All things modest, unassuming, rough;
Rag rugs, first drafts, eucalyptus trees;
Plain-spoken poems (foliage . . . leaf and stem);
They whelm the world in love. It’s not enough.
|Catherine Chandler, August 12, 2017 Parc nature Les Forestiers-de-Saint-Lazare|
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Two of my poems (one a sonnet, one a leona rima) now online in Light Poetry Magazine, Summer/Fall 2017.
More importantly, poems by my amiga, Rhina Espaillat, and a wonderful essay on her work by Leslie Monsour.
Thank you, Melissa Balmain and team!
Saturday, August 12, 2017
An all-sonnet reading tonight at a park in Saint-Lazare, Québec. Poetry and Music Under the Stars: Six different sonnets. Sonnets, after all, are songs.🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶
Dudes, all. :-(. Although . . . I recently wrote a three-sonnet sequence, "Shakespeare's Sisters", inspired by a chapter in Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own. I'm waiting to hear back from the publisher. Wish me luck. It's a humdinger. 👧👧👧