Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween! - Carved Smile

Carved from firm orange flesh,
destined to glare relentlessly
with hollow transfixed eyes
and an illuminated smile of knowing.

Sculpted to honour the day of the dead
when mortals meet the afterlife,
if only for one night
their worlds collide.

A lantern to guide restless ghosts
down the well trodden path
to the hereafter.
When the night has broken
and pale November sunlight
bleaches everything it touches
with a silk-thin frozen mist,
the pumpkin wilts
to nothing more than a rotten careless smirk.

Hello everyone and Happy Halloween! :) I thought I'd share 'Carved Smile' with you all on this creepy day since it's all about its most famous icon. I wrote this for a competition on a few years ago now and it's also one of the poems in 'Silver Threads' 

I don't really celebrate Halloween. It isn't really that big of a deal here in the UK but it is getting more popular every year. I do enjoy all the mythology and root traditions around it though and carving pumpkins is very interesting (I've done it once and I wasn't very good at it!) lol 

In other poetry/writing news I am really looking forward to tomorrow's 'New Poem of the Month for November' - I hope I have a few anime fans amongst my followers who will really love the video that will be included with it. Also, I said in an earlier post that I am involved in a female writers group and really enjoying it - in the last class we met the lovely, talented Tom Wells. I know it's a female writers group but he came to talk to us about the ins and outs of play writing. I got talking to him and he later came on here and read my poetry and automatic writings. He sent me an email telling me that my writing is 'beautiful' and 'the voices you write are so captivating' - I can't tell you how much this made my week :)

If any of my followers are in the UK or closer to Yorkshire, his 2011 play 'The Kitchen Sink' begins this week (2nd-17th of November) at Hull Truck Theatre -
 The Kitchen Sink by Tom Wells

Monday, 22 October 2012

Love and Colour

The centre of the universe

         is love and colour,

 never has it been

              anything more

                         or less.

Hello everyone, Happy Monday :) Just a bit of a short post today. I thought I'd share with you a quote from a piece of automatic writing and a photograph of mine too. I hope you like the photo, though I'm not much of a photographer - I thought it was pretty good. My favourite flowers are roses and sunflowers and if I remember right this single rose was from a bouquet Carl bought me. Nothing much is happening at the minute, I am concentrating more on my writing. I have written more of 'Trees' and I love where it is going. I also have an ambitious plan for New Poem of the Month for November - it's so new I haven't written it yet! It's going to be inspired by an anime music video and I'll include the video with the post, I hope you all enjoy it coz I'm quite excited by it :)

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Prose Pieces - Trees

'She taught me languages, by calling into the air in German, Swedish, Norwegian, rolling her northern dialect off her tongue effortlessly. She told me once that her eyes were from her Viking heritage, they were a lush green with hints of copper and silver, rimmed with a band of rich hazel. I believed her, I believed every word she said. Her mother was Russian, a tall willowy woman with smooth pale hands. She spoke with a lisp and always absently stroked the side of her face when she was nervous and had a laugh that sounded like a prayer, hollow and darkly warm. Her father was Swedish, he told me he had been born with brine in his veins, told me stories of ice across lakes as far as the eye could see and of his games on the ice and the time death missed his hand when he was a foolish light-eyed lad of thirteen. He sailed for a living and his arms were solid and heavy. His hair was cropped short, a dancing play of light between red and wet sand, eyelashes so fair they looked to be dusted with ice crystals, as if he had walked out of a fairytale wood and never looked back.'

As I promised in my last post here is 'Trees' - One of my first attempts at writing prose. I have continued writing 'Trees' and I am thinking that it might be the beginning of a story but this first part is the only 'polished' bit I have so far. I love the imagery in this and it was really lovely to write, I enjoy writing descriptions and emotions. I'm also fascinated with other cultures and loved including different languages and ancestry.

Tying in nicely with the topic of ancestry is the story that I am writing with Carl. We haven't named it yet and are unsure of the genre - it's leaning more towards a Steampunk story but I don't want to tie it down just yet. It's based loosely on our real life ancestors and is a joy to write with him. At the moment it's just a project for me and him to get the creative juices flowing but who knows maybe I will post the first few paragraphs on here and you can all tell me what you think. 
I'm hoping the flow of creativity will get stronger still since I am now signed up with a females writers group, this is based mainly around script/play writing but the class is made up of women writers from all aspects of the writing world.  It's wonderful to connect with like minded people :) I learned why this group was set up in the last class - only 17% of new theatre a year in the UK is written by women! It's a shocking statistic and it's about time this changed! 

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Automatic Writing #5

'The very last of Summer's sun is made up of last year's forgotten fragments, falling gently to form a layer of the past only a few inches thick and as golden yellow as your promises. It can grow an empire, one that solidifies water and makes the waves new towering cities, lined with pale blue-veined porcelain. I would love to see this and maybe one day I would be brave enough to venture into your world, with its tall vines that grow across the dome of the skyline -  watch the flocks of birds that don’t exist in my world, with their feathers, long and slim in an unknown colour. 

'How can you live in such wonder?'...

He whispered, 'How can you live without it?'

His question hurt, he showed me in just a few words that all that breathes in my world doesn't need to. I should feed the creatures that bring joy instead of feeding myself and ignoring their pleas. I felt a deep purple shame and he told me that butterflies could see better than me, butterflies can ride an emotion better than me, and that I was like a whale - filling my lungs with sorrow and sinking to the depths, feeling the pressure crush me and smiling, repeating that I deserved this, that I want this, that this darkness and pain is life and I should be forever grateful. I shook my head in grief and he handed me a small cup of sweet tea, told me to concentrate on the present, to go colourful again and have fun.'

It's a gorgeously perfect Autumn day here in Yorkshire and life is good! My poem 'Static' is now on Poetry Brevity Review and 'Expectations' is now in Issue 3 of Eclectic Eel. Things have calmed down a bit now since the whirlwind of activity at the start of the month but things are still moving forwards.

I hope you all enjoy this offering of my automatic writings. I realised that I hadn't put an excerpt on for a month, so here is a new one :). My favourite line is the dialogue in the middle, I am still thinking of some ways to write that quote somewhere interesting, maybe with chalk on a wall (you know I like doing stuff like that lol) So watch this space.

I have been working on my automatic writings, trying to turn them into prose pieces. I have two already called 'Trees' and 'Innocent' - I am really enjoying writing them and have even sent them off to an online zine for consideration (fingers crossed) I think I will share 'Trees' on a future post sometime this month so watch out for that. 

Happy Wednesday :)

Friday, 5 October 2012

Review of 'Silver Threads' by Casee Marie of Literary Inklings

When I said in 'New Poem of the Month for October' that this is my lucky month, and  that I was looking forward to what it might bring - I didn't think it would all come so fast! 'Silver Threads' has received another amazing review from Casee Marie of Literary Inklings. 

'Her works deal with simple and deeply honest reality, but they also explore the gentle and all-encompassing power of imagination, taking basic thoughts into new realms and moving her audience to consider the everyday in a different, more magical light.'

I still feel a bit in shock, but I am so thrilled and excited that 'Silver Threads' seems to be touching everyone that reads it :) You can read the whole review on Literary Inklings, also on the 'Silver Threads' Amazon page and on Goodreads.

A huge thank you to Casee Marie for a wonderful review. I am bracing myself now for what the rest of October has to offer lol 

Happy, happy Friday everyone.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Review of 'Silver Threads' by Rose Drew

'Silver Threads' has had an absolutely fantastic review from Rose Drew. She is the co-owner of Stairwell Books and even though she is American born and bred, lives in the beautiful city of York, here in England (not too far from me).

Her review has blown me away! It has increased my confidence no end.  The review is long and detailed and she has picked out lines and poems that she particularly enjoyed. I really love when readers do this - you can't love every poem in a book, but I really enjoy hearing which ones are your favourites. I even have my own favourites in my poem archive.

'This slim volume of 21 poems, most of delicate length, takes the reader on a journey from shame and regret, through nights of guilt, dark fog and ice, to a resolution of forgiveness and getting on with it. By the end of the collection, we are awash in acceptance for sins that are left unspecified.'

The full review is available to read on One&Other and also on Eclectic Eel - It was the lovely Editor of Eclectic Eel, Nicky Ellam who organised the review for me, so she has my heartfelt thanks and I owe her a drink next time I see her lol.

And of course, a huge thank you to Rose Drew who has given me so much today.

Monday, 1 October 2012

New Poem of the Month for October - Paper Tree

Paper Tree

You said
that I, as subtle as Autumn
dried out the leaves
starved them of love
faded them to a brittle gold
all on a cold starless whim.
But you never wanted to see
that the leaves were
ornate tissue paper,
the bark flaking paint.

The light wood,
nothing more than tightly rolled parchment
The whole copper tinted woods
a lie fused to a mirage.
Many winters back you refused
to plant the very seed
that would have replaced this
paper tree, in this printed wood.
The ground beneath lays cold and untouched
and I cannot neglect that which is not real.

Wow, I can't believe that it's October already - where has the year gone! I just love Autumn it's my favourite season, I love all the leaves turning and falling, the dark crisp nights and that unmistakable smell of Autumn in the air. This is why I have chosen 'Paper Tree' for this month's New Poem of the Month. I love trees and I love Autumn, so it's a great combination. Actually October is my favourite month, I don't know if anyone else has a favourite month or it's just me!? lol It's always seems to be my lucky month, things tend to happen for me in October, so we shall wait and see if this month lives up to its reputation.

'Paper Tree' is a bit of a dark-ish poem but I think it has great imagery and atmosphere, it's a bit difficult to explain what it is about and what inspired me. I'd love to hear what my readers think it's about :)

There are a few things coming up this month, The Universe Inside: Poetry Anthology is now available in paperback from Amazon. 'Silver Threads' will be getting reviewed this month, I received an email the other day saying that the review will be on her blog within the next week or so. My poem 'Expectations' will be in the 3rd issue of Eclectic Eel (a fantastic Hull-based zine) and my poem 'Static' will be in the 2nd issue of Brevity Poetry Review. I promise to post some links when they are live.

Happy Monday everyone and fingers crossed for me that this is MY month :)