Thursday, July 22, 2010

Let the Spirit Lead

Photo courtesy Sezin Koehler

Tears from heaven, butterflies the size of condors
a bathtub drain as compass,  swirling whirling
stream of scented water, consciousness finding a way
to the tide, the waves. Beached whales floating
back to the pod, playing with octopuses, embraced by
countless arms, swimming with mermaids
bound for heavenly parties between silhouettes
of trees, growing upside down in Australia, or
was it all happening in your mind, high
on herbal essence, clouds of steamy goodwill
Love in the air, no need to put a word on paper
Words multiply and mate forming never ending
Stories waiting to be told

This is no labored poem, just my comment in response to Sezin Koehler's post "This is what my blog looks like on writer's block".
 When you visit her blog now, you won't see the image, it's not show as illustration with her blog post. "Let the Spirit Lead" was the header of an earlier blog design.

What do YOU see when you look at art?
Illustration © Sezin Koehler, author of American Monsters

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Friday, July 02, 2010

Lyrical A-Z of Seattle SheWrites One-Year Anniversary Bash

Look at us, not your baker's dozen, thirteen women as varied as our hair styles, backgrounds and writing. And yet, or perhaps because of that, we had a lot to share. What brought us together was, you guessed it right, our SheWrites membership. Some if not all of us had already checked out "Who's Who" by visiting the others' SW pages, personal blogs and websites. But to come out of our writer's isolation to meet in real life with others as dedicated to the word, added that extra dimension, that only face to face encounters allow.
Interesting notion, many of us turned out to be both writers and artists!

In our writing, be it blog posts, essays, novels, profiles, poetry or prose, we're as diverse as all our other sisters who were celebrating this One-Year Anniversary of SheWrites. On paper or Online we may be analog, bold, perhaps cute, digital by now and dominant is possible too (always pitching that last word). And we're all elated with the right turn of a sentence, whether it's funny, girlish or hard core.

In meeting a the Elysian Brewery (where the volume was intense), we found we could be jovial, yet no-one disclosed to be a KitKat® lover, or what detergent to use. Some of us are mothers, but in our circle only notorious for their focus on words. We show we can be open minded, which makes that we won't turn away from a paradox, from quaint nor from what might be considered queer. Whether we're rowdy, sultry, sexy, or truthful and united, we're word vixens, wondering about 'xiting plots, yearning to spin a tale, always putting the dot on the i and telling it how it is or was. As I tried right here. My words about our gathering spun out from A to Z.

We were all thrilled and some eager to send in proposals for the Passion Project.
And last but not least, of course we cheered to Kamy Wicoff and Deborah Siegel and others involved in the workings of SheWrites for giving us the opportunity to connect! SheWrites always does the Write Thing.

P.S. Did you notice the SW Tee Flag? Now wouldn't you look good in that?

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