First Fig

“First Fig” by Edna St. Vincent Millay:

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light.

Painting: Nana by Édouard Manet

Mnemosyne Thirty-Five: Read more

Nana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dani Shapiro

Please join my friend and paramount interviewer, Melissa Studdard right now at 7 PM EST for a talk with Dani Shapiro, bestselling memoirist and novelist. We’ll be discussing Shapiro’s exploration self and faith through the memoir Devotion, as well as other works.

Dani Shapiro

Tiferet Journal has recently published a compilation of twelve of our best transcribed interviews. To purchase The Tiferet Talk Interviews book, please click on the bottom of the window which opens by clicking to this link!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tiferetjournal/2012/10/22/dani-shapiro-tiferet-talk-with-melissa-studdard

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As a Nun Gazing at the Deep Colors of Autumn

Clad in Black Robes
I should have no attractions to
The shapes and scents of this world
But how can I keep my vows
Gazing at today’s crimson maple leaves?

“As a Nun Gazing at the Deep Colors of Autumn”
by Ōtagaki Rengetsu, translated by John Stevens
image by 松岡明芳

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松岡明芳

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The Traveling Onion

When I think how far the onion has traveled
just to enter my stew today, I could kneel and praise
all small forgotten miracles,
crackly paper peeling on the drainboard,
pearly layers in smooth agreement …

Join me for Mnemosyne 33 and the rest of this Naomi Shihab Nye poem, “The Traveling Onion.” The painting is “Onions” by Renoir. Read more.

Onions

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Great Minds

Happy Friday, everyone! Here is the first in a series of guest posts at my blogsite, Bareback Alchemy. The series, called “Great Minds,” is a forum for writers, artists, and intellectuals to make tributes to others who have influenced their work.

Ray Bradbury

My good friend RJ Jeffreys Author has honored me with the first post, a beautiful homage to Ray Bradbury. Please send me an email if you’d like to propose a post, and, as always, have a fabulous weekend!

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Japanese Haiku

Life? Butterfly
On a swaying grass That’s all …
But exquisite!

Nishiyama Sōin, translated by Peter Beilenson
Painting Blue Morpho Butterfly by Martin Johnson Heade

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Blue Morpho Butterfly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.

Wonderful Poetry Courses

I highly recommend these wonderful poetry courses at The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative. While preparing my December Rooster workshop, Dialoguing with the Greats, I had the chance to sit in on some other workshops, and I wish I had time to take them all! Here’s the most current list:

http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/

Hello! Hello!

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Little Clown, My Heart

Little clown, my heart,
Spangled again and lopsided,
Handstands and Peking pirouettes,
Back flips snapping open like
A carpenter’s hinged ruler…

Please join me for the rest of this Sandra Cisneros poem at Bareback Alchemy for Mnemosyne 31: Read More.

The Clown and the Tightrope Walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext Texas. Visit her personal homepage www.melissastuddard.com and find out about events and her books and contact her on http://melissastuddard.com/contact/ More information is available on Wikipedia.