The closeness of the sky

At the beginning of March, my family bundled up and flew to Iceland. I experienced some of the most magical moments of my life and some of the most evocative naturescapes in the world. (This is one 30 Before 35 trip I’d like to repeat!)

I’ll write more about it all in the future, but for now, enjoy this wander verse.

I’ve traded the closeness of the city for the
closeness of the sky,
blurred, electric midnights for
soft, smudged sunsets.
In the quiet, my every breath sings.

P.S. SKIN was nominated for the SFPA’s Rhysling Award, and I recently received my comp copy of the anthology. I’m grateful for the support and honored.


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Of sand and stardust

In February of this year, I road-tripped with my family to the red rock landscape of Sedona, AZ – a haven of artists, spiritual wanderers, nature-lovers, relaxation-seekers, and unspoiled wonder. It’s also apparently the location of a number of portals.

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We also drove up to Flagstaff where we joined a tour out to Antelope Canyon. You may remember the unreal beauty of its colored walls and terrestrial waves; I wrote about them in my visual poem: Color Memory.

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So, it shouldn’t surprise you too much that I was a little inspired by my trip there and back. Driving through the desert always gets my mind going, and it was on the road home that I started stringing words together and focusing in on certain images.

But the poem didn’t come together until a while later, after I’d written something else about night clubs and dancing. I thought about revelry in another setting under the blushing light of an expansive sunset, next to a flickering bonfire, under a river of stars.

That poem became “Susurrus,” and I’m pleased to say that I sold it to Through The Gate, “an online weekly of fantastical poetry.”

This is my 3rd poetry sale (you’ll hear about the 2nd later), and I’m so glad this little poem found such a perfect home. You can read it by clicking the title above or the image below.

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Here are some poem aesthetics.

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Thanks for your encouragement and support on my poetry journey. I hope you enjoyed “Susurrus”! You can always leave me your thoughts about any of this in the comments.

 

P.S. I posted about the writing and waiting that eventually led to the 2 poems I recently sold at my other blog A Nudge in the Right Direction. It’s for anyone who might be feeling a bit disheartened by their writing experience & for impatient people. ūüėČ

*Images in the collage are from various places on Pinterest.
**Other images are mine unless otherwise noted.
***Thanks to Alz and Sarah M for your help with this one.

Supplement:
(Music) Pierre | Ryn Weaver

 


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The 30 List

As I wrote last week, I wanted to post an updated “30 Before 30” list now that I’m 30. A few of the items I didn’t complete¬†have migrated to this new list while others haven’t after my re-evaluation.

If you remember my original 30 Before 30 post, I first read about the idea from Katy Upperman. When she passed her deadline, she changed her list into a “Life List,”¬†which I also loved. I’m terrible at setting down goals or even writing New Year’s Resolutions. So having a Life List is a great way of keeping things I want to do in mind and on track.

But I’m not quite ready to have an open deadline yet. I’m updating my 30 Before 30 list into a 30 Before 35 one. There are definitely a few things I’d like to try or work on in the next 5 years. I figure this will give me some focus and motivation.

And again,¬†I understand some of these items¬†are out of my control or highly dependent on other factors, but I think it’s good to have it out there. Like making a wish.

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Without further ado, here’s the list:

  1. Road trip up the Pacific Coast Highway.
  2. Finally read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.
  3. Go on a writers’ retreat.
  4. Finish book trilogies: Graceling Realm, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Lynburn Legacy.
  5. Tour the White House.
  6. See a ballet.
  7. Rehaul my closet.
  8. Finish a manuscript.
  9. Learn calligraphy.
  10. Read Jellicoe Road.
  11. Take Loki to the beach.
  12. Make Magic Coffee.
  13. Wander Iceland.
  14. Have Dole Whip in Hawaii.
  15. Get my own place.
  16. Paint a portrait of my dog.
  17. Write a short story & sub it.
  18. Visit The Ripped Bodice.
  19. Sell more poems.
  20. Read Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird.
  21. Develop a consistent workout habit.
  22. See the Winchester Mystery House.
  23. Explore more National Parks.
  24. Prune my bookshelves.
  25. Create a gallery wall.
  26. Attend a geeky convention that isn’t SDCC.
  27. Tour Mount Vernon and Monticello.
  28. Learn to read tarot.
  29. Put together a poetry chapbook.
  30. Go to Disneyworld.

I will be updating the¬†list¬†at the 30 Before 35 tab, and you’ll be able to find my new list-relevant posts under the 30 Before 35 tag.

 

Here’s to many more adventures!

 

What’s on your 30 list for the next 5 years?