I love to learn and I love to write so this page is a must have for me! Tanagas, Villanelles and Clarihews oh my!!
They (writers and those who teach writing) say that one should write what one knows. Well I know Saturday morning cartoons, summer baseball in the street, Suburban angst, 90s Mtv, middle child syndrome and the love, struggle, and passion of the Southern black family. While I enjoy writing in rhyme, I realize that some things just cannot be said in a sing song iambic pentameter so I venture back to the free verse I abandoned so casually in my youth. I guess I just love words, and the way they sound, and feel rolling around in my head, then my mouth. I love the way they spill out onto my page , sometimes a jumbled mess of a puzzle that needs slow sorting. Writing allows you to take every experience, no matter how insignificant or painful, and count it meaningful and is there any thing more meaningful AND painful than family?? ( lol)
Well let me tell you
about fried chicken,
and the moon last night.
Girls in white dresses
swayed to the blues.
Too bothered to dance.
Too hot to sleep.
on popsicle sticks,
a closed oven door
slip on shoes,
ain’t supposed to be sweet.
The 7th annual Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) came to a close yesterday and I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part in the challenge.
I’d also like to thank Tara Lazar, the PiBoIdMo founder and organizer. For those who don’t know, Tara spends countless hours each summer and fall lining up guest posts, contacting agents for prizes, organizing a Cafe Press store (where she donates all proceeds to Reading Is Fundamental – RIF), moderating registration, managing the PiBoIdMo Facebook Group, sorting out and awarding prizes, and probably a dozen more things I don’t even know about.
She does this all for us. PiBoIdMo is completely free. For everyone.
And while all of this work does give Tara’s books some exposure, that exposure doesn’t count for much unless we, the PiBoIdMo participants, take action.
So this holiday season, I encourage everyone to purchase at least one (or…
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I’ve got to say I really do love writing… WHEN it’s flowing. We writers spend much time in front of blank pages and blank screens and if either remains blank for too long we begin to loathe our chosen hobby/career/form of expression. This is why inspiration and muses are important for the writer. We must have constant stimulation or at least a bank of memorable live experiences to draw from. I find my inspiration in a myriad of ways, from watching television with my nephew to just looking out a window in a new place. On a recent vacation back to Macon, GA, the hometown of my parents, I wrote this….
Macon Millie’s makin beans
with ham hock juice and collard greens
“Don’t touch that ham” she always screams
cause Millie’s best at makin scenes
then grabs her hip to make a show
and waves her hand to let them know
“Go on, now shoo, go to the sto’,
and wash your hands, be back by Fo’ ”
then uncle says, all hot and red
“Ya’ll heard what Macon Millie said”
he licks his lips and cocks his head
and takes a whiff of griddle bread
sweet odors of the candied yams
the juices of the honey hams,
the okra makes his eyes grow fatter
string beans make his jaw line chatter
vittles crackle, pop, and hiss
but this cook isn’t one to kiss,
reach for a taste and get a fist
she may be short , but she won’t miss
as neighbors scramble for a seat
they quickly wilt in all the heat
go open up those window screens
cause Macon Millie’s makin beans
The Veggie Monster is a poem I wrote many years ago and is selected from my collection “The Incredible Edible Toe”