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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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