Good beginnings for February

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Early February brings St. Bridget’s Day. It’s a time that stirs life into seeds before they sprout in growth. In this time of new beginnings, I’ve just received good news from Three Drops  for a Cauldron, Threedropspoetry.co.uk.  Cape Anne Earthquake will be republished next week, and was originally published by Flutter Press. The Rose will be published for the first time in mid March.  Thanks to Kate Garett, Managing Editor. Three Drops for a Cauldron is a journal that prints works that involves  myth, legend, folklore, fable and fairy tales. 

More good news! During the week of February 13-19 I’ll be a featured poet at http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/

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Winter Digs In

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 Moss Brook shines in the first snow fall. For the first time in a long time, I slow life’s pace to notice what’s here, at my door, and welcome more snow.

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In the morning after  snow fall , there are tracks of visitors, the raccoons, porcupine, coyote, fox, deer, and squirrels move through in the snow  long before me.  The vernal pool has frozen clear.

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Winter Storm

Tracks come out of the woods along the stream left by commuters

in a pristine new world stores of pinecones and acorns hidden

wind loosens trees from their burden

snow dances through the air

forming and reforming images before laying in the field

icicles hang sideways from the roof

windblown like crooked teeth

while silent birds hunker in trees

whose branches creak with new meaning

Moss Brook runs black next to white my tracks join fox,

squirrel, and deer as we search for something new

in the hushed aftermath of snow

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Happy News that slid into the inbox yesterday

I very much appreciate the ‘top honors’  from Flutter Press,  giving the news that ” The Heart is a Nursery For Hope is being received so well in the world, and I want o thank all the readers, as well as Sandy Benitez, Flutter Press.

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Bestselling Chapbooks from 2016

Posted: 04 Jan 2017 07:30 PM PST

As promised, here are the bestselling chapbooks for 2016. There was actually a tie for third place and it seems that Sleeper by Rachel Adams has placed yet again!

1. First Honor – The Heart is a Nursery for Hope by Elaine Reardon
2. Second Honor – Sleeper by Rachel Adams
3. Third Honor – The Li Bo Poems by Steve Klepetar
Anatomy Lessons by Katarina Boudreaux

 

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Ring in the New Year

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Janus has arrived!

This fellow was standing in a Dublin street waiting for  January first to arrive. Just below a bit I’ve a small blessing for your  New Year.

Thanks to Joanne Olivieri for publishing my poem, The Coming Time, at her ezine, http://stanzaicstylings.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-coming-time-after-swineherd-by.html

A Blessing for the New Year

Light of  Moon,
light of  sun,
light of stars,
illuminate your way.

Wisdom of ancestors be yours,
strength of heart be yours,
protection of hearth be yours,
Love weave a cloak to lay
upon your shoulders.

 

The Heart is a Nursery for Hope is now also available locally at Artrageous, on Elliot Street, in Brattleboro VT, and at the Petersham Craft and Art Gallery, Route 32, Petersham MA.

 

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December

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Who better to describe the cold beauty and introspection of December than a ninth century Irish monk, who shares this column with me today. Slainte’.  May the hounds run with you and protect you .

 

I have news for you

I have news for you:
The stag bells, winter snows, summer has gone
Wind high and cold, the sun low, short its course
The sea running high.
Deep red the bracken; its shape is lost;
The wild goose has raised its accustomed cry,
cold has seized the birds’ wings;
season of ice, this is my news.
Anonymous

 

 

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Ladies of the Forest

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The Ladies of the Forest represent the nature spirits that  co-create with us, just around the curve of where we look. Sometimes we see them from the corners of our eyes.  Lady representations are made from  hops, applewood, rue, echinachea, St. Johnswort, mint, lemon balm, thyme, daylily, iris, and other bits and sparkles that have found their way into the forest and meadow outside my door.  Each Lady is made in a meditative experience, with her directing the process.

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Dance at the End of Autumn

Find a path though

goldenrod, clover and hops.

Find warmth in the wool,

then dance barelegged on the earth.

Dance the circle of time,

the sound of fallen leaves

and broken twigs.

Dance when the first snowflakes fall.

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How To Talk About #NoDAPL: A Native Perspective

It is crucial that people recognize that Standing Rock is part of an ongoing struggle against colonial violence.

Source: How To Talk About #NoDAPL: A Native Perspective

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