Possibilities: A Quickwrite Slice of Life #sol19

Back to school means back to more intentional work in my writer’s notebook. I’ve been sharing two or three different poems a day and writing alongside them with my students. Wislawa Szymborska’s “Possibilities” has been one particularly rich text to write beside. I’ve gotten the seeds for several possible pieces from this poem. But this…

Magnet Poetry: Playing with Poetry #playingwithpoetryNPM 30/30 #sol19

This month, I’m tagging along with Christie, Margaret, Jone, Mary Lee, and other writers to play with poetry for National Poetry Writing Month. I’ll be creating poems using haikubes, metaphor dice, magnet poetry, paint chips and anything else that catches my fancy. I’m always sad when the end of March comes around, and it’s time to stop the daily slice. But…

Haikube Poetry: Playing with Poetry #playingwithpoetryNPM 10/30

This month, I’m tagging along with Christie, Margaret, Jone, Mary Lee, and other writers to play with poetry for National Poetry Writing Month. I’ll be creating poems using haikubes, metaphor dice, magnet poetry, paint chips and anything else that catches my fancy. Today, I tried haikubes for the first time. The first words I saw were parallel and journey, so I…

Introducing Oliver: Slice of Life #sol18

Believe it or not, I wasn’t looking for another cat. We had eight already, and yes, they’re all indoor cats, and even though I really, really, REALLY love cats, even I thought that eight was enough. Mostly I worried about upsetting the delicate balance of the social order by adding more. I think that cats…

The Problem with Travel: Slice of Life #sol18

The problem with travel, of course, is that cats must stay home. I know there are cats who travel, because I’ve read the books. Peter Gethers’s The Cat Who Went to Paris, for example, which I read when it was first published in 1992, convinced me I needed a traveling cat, preferably a Scottish fold.…