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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November Get Listed - Travel

Los Angeles



New York. All images (c) by author

I’m traveling, if that’s the right word to describe being in a place not my home.

Virgin flight 162 departed on time from LAX, destination Newark, but really destination Philadelphia, where work awaits a world away from the ever-dry California coast. (It turns out I should have flown to Philly, because I added 4 hours of train to a 5 hour flight...)

The pilot said it was 8 degrees in Philly. But clear, at least. Temperature at takeoff from LA, even early morning, was 62. I think I’ll need new gloves.

Current track: Please Read the Letter, by Alison Krauss, featuring Robert Plant. Virgin America's available playlist on the onboard jukebox is surprisingly broad.

from Youtube, Fair Use

Below, red dirt ignores the difference between Arizona and New Mexico, because borders don’t exist until we place them there, and the land pays attention to the passing of the sun more than the shadow of a plane.

Your word list for November, inspired by seat 24A looking north out the window:

fly, race, skew, waiting, strangers, clouds, dirt, shadows, horizon, contour, relief, scale

Please select at least 3 words from the list (or reasonable variations) and incorporate them into a new pen.

After you’ve posted to your own blog, return and add a link to your specific post (not just a link to your blog) using Mr. Linky, below. Then, visit and re-visit your fellow poets' work, and please leave comments at their places – because we all like to read letters.

I'll plan to visit later in the week, so feel free to join in anytime, and thanks for reading and participating.

~ Grapeling

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Attempts Spine Poetry, sort of wins.....

Greetings Garden Dwellers.....

In late October, Hannah threw down the gauntlet and challenged me to write a spine poem.  The concept is brilliantly simple: use the titles of the books on your bookshelf to build a poem.  This allows me to repurpose my favorite titles into a piece of my own, and it gives you a glimpse into my personal library.  Easy?  Peasy?  Lemon Squeezy?  Hannah advised she'd let me cheat and add a word or two of my own; however, I decided to see this one through without it.

I couldn't settle on one final product, so I've brought you four spine poems today.  So have a look a around!  I tried very hard to keep only my most favorite titles while building these poems, do you recognize any of them as favorites of your own?   Tell me all about it in the comments!

                                    Marabou stork nightmares,
                                    the anxious object
                                    rotten stiff
                                    a clockwork orange engine empire.
                                    The birthday of the world
                                    my mother: demonology.

                                     Do androids dream of electric sheep?
                                     The elephant vanishes.
                                     Art and fear stand still
                                     like the hummingbird.

                               Dance dance revolution
                               never let me go.
                               A canticle for Liebowitz,
                               fear and loathing 
                               in Las Vegas in caddis wood. 

                                         Pussy, King of the Pirates.
                                        Alias Grace.

                                  All of tomorrow's parties
                                  trash St. Lucy's home for girls raised by wolves.