Am considering using this Maori Magpie design on the cover of my sanctuary-themed series.
It also serves to illustrate the next poem in the collection.
My life has shrunk
into the confines
of a stark box room.
Locked into celibacy
and silence, I withdraw
in a gallery of insects,
trees and wildflowers,
wait for a black bird;
rook, raven or crow
to call me home.
‘Nocturnal’ is the next poem in my sanctuary series:
At first I revelled
in the extra space,
rejigged the pattern
of night and day;
watched stars track
through the skies,
took long dust baths
and afternoon naps,
fished for hours
by the land-locked lake,
caught my reflection
in the Hunter moon,
wished I could call you back,
Hearing the Rainbow.
An inspiring painting and poem about hearing a rainbow. It has never occurred to me before to listen to this weather phenomenon but I have thought about how it would feel to try each colour on:
Translucent in white,
serene in violet,
cosseted in indigo,
confident in blue,
comforted in green,
frightened in yellow,
self-conscious in orange,
attractive in red,
invisible in black.
I have entitled this poem ‘Over the Rainbow.’
Perhaps you can weave another way of sensing rainbows into your writing this week.
Some useful advice and reflections here for writers at the mid-point or who find themselves flagging. I would add to this post from ‘A Writer’s Path’ that it is not always necessary to write in a linear fashion.
Excellent post from Kate Evans about carving out personal writing space – physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.
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I’m assuming that those reading these blog posts will at least have a kernel of an idea, be writing and be on with building up a supportive writerly community (see last ‘Confessions’ post). There is no magic about writing a novel-length manuscript, what you have to do is write, write, write, get some feedback and creative nourishment and then write some more. Sounds simple? In some ways it is, yet behind that straightforward statement, there is what I call the need to create a writing space. I mean this in terms of a physical space and also in terms of carving out time for the creative process. In addition, in my opinion, there also has to be a psychological and emotional shift for this to happen. Taking a physical space, demarcating time, implies saying to yourself and others, ‘My writing is important’. It might mean putting your writing…
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Some thought provoking quotes here. I identify with Nicholson Baker’s : ‘When I first wanted to be a writer, I learned to write prose by reading poetry.’ Only for me it was the other way round.
Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday! If your creative juices have trouble flowing today, then read these quotes and writing prompts to nudge awake the sleeping muse. If there is a particular quote you enjoyed, let us all know with your comments below.
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A Chaos of Delight is the first poem in the second part of my sanctuary series.
The title is a quote from Charles Darwin’s impression of New Zealand when he stopped off for 9 days at the Bay of Islands in December 1835.
The poem imagines how the island might have appeared to Marco Polo if he had visited it and reported back to Kublai Khan as in Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities (Vintage Classics: 1997)
In GODZONE time turns inside out,
days darker than night
absorb a chaos of delight.
Men in red feather cloaks
sway from ropes in giant trees,
digest roots, shoots and leaves.
Birds burrow on the ground,
lay eggs with a hairy husk,
chorus into life at dusk.
Seasons cycle in reverse,
sun sets in the West,
moon rises in the East,
everything is back to front,
the wrong way round.
‘Godzone’ is a nickname for New Zealand which is referred to as ‘God’s own country’ just as Yorkshire in England is often called ‘God’s own county.’
I have placed GODZONE in capitals as this is the style used for the imaginary places described in Invisible Cities, a recommended text for architects as well as budding writers.
A fun exercise for you to do with your writers group is as follows:
* Write the name of a place (real or imaginary) on the top of a blank sheet of A4.
* Fold the page so that the name cannot be seen and pass it on to the next member of the group
* Write a brief description about the sights that can be seen there.
* Fold the page again to hide the writing and pass it on.
* Repeat this process until you have covered how the place smells, sounds, tastes and feels.
* Add a final few words to sum up your first impression
* Unfold each sheet and invite each member to create an oral description of the place based on the notes written on the page
You will be surprised at the outcome!
The oral descriptions can be extended into a stimulus for creative writing.
I would be glad to hear how you get on if you decide to try it.
Hello and welcome to readers old and new.
I hope you like my new look blog for 2015.
As I’ve been making a few tweaks to the colours and layout it occurred to me to ask you what you would like to GROW in the next 12 months.
So here are a few coaching questions to help you to plan for that growth:
* What goal do you want to grow in the next 12 months?
* Where are you with that now?
* What steps can you take towards realising your goal?
* What is the first thing you will do?
* When will you do it by?