Poetry Critiques during National Poetry Month

As we are closing in on the final days of National Poetry Month, I am sharing this delightful and insightful essay/poem by Alice Jane-Marie Massa today. I think you will bind it inspiring, hilarious and educational. Enjoy the day! Read a POEM.

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Poetic Day 24 of National Poetry Month:  April 24, 2019, Wednesday

With fireworks over Lake Michigan (near my townhouse) last evening and sunshine over the big lake (and through my windows) this morning, another poetic day has dawned.  Have you taken or given “The Poetry Challenge”–“Willow’s Poetry Challenge”?  If not, please read my post of April 23, Monday.  By the way, in that Monday post, “P.C.” may represent “Poetry Challenge” or “Poetically Correct.”

Should “P.C.” also stand for “Poetically Critiqued”?  Placing one’s poem in public–no matter the forum (blog, other online publication, magazine or journal, book, critique session, other literary meeting, open microphone session, poetry workshop, classroom, etc.)–opens the door to being critiqued.

The critique may range from a positive and easily accepted suggestion to a much too harsh negative comment, from an overly flowery compliment to an unfair criticism.  With such a broad spectrum of possibilities of shared perspectives…

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AUTHOR’S CORNER: Invitation to be a Guest on my Podcast and have Your Book Featured on my Blog Simultaneously | Ann Writes Inspiration

I am sharing the invitation to be a guest on Ann’s podcast and blog.
This is a special message for Authors.
Ann is now scheduling so don’t wait. Contact her to get more information on what she needs and how this might work for your book promotion.

Campbells World

Attention campbellsworld visitors and authors one and all!

I’d like to take a moment to remind you of author Ann-Harrison Barnes’ wonderfully generous invitation to all who wish to advertise their work in a personally unique way.

Ann tells me she’s already got guests lined up so don’t delay, contact her to reserve your spot today.

Thanks Ann for what you’re doing to help promote others.

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on thee internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post…
— Read on annwritesinspiration.com/2019/04/23/invitation-to-be-a-guest-on-my-podcast-and-have-your-book-featured-on-my-blog-simultaneously/

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AUTHOR’S CORNER: ASpecial Announcement from author blogger Lynda McKinney Lambert

Blogger Patty L. Fletcher is the first to know about the prestigious award I received recently. I have not yet sent out official press releases but have been sitting on this news for some time. I wanted Patty to be the FIRST to know for she has been a wonderful friend. Thank you, Patty for your blog feature. I am re-blogging this to SAN-A-BLOG so that my readers now know about this awesome surprise I received.

Since I have retired from academia and no longer lecture across the country at conferences, I was never expecting something like this. But, God has always delighted in giving us special surprises when we least expect them. I am most grateful for this award at this time in my life.

Thank you to all of my friends who encourage me and inspire me every day. You have blessed my life in so many ways.

Campbells World

Good afternoon campbellsworld visitors.

We open today’s Author’s Corner with a special announcement from author blogger Lynda Mckinney Lambert.

I must say I’m rather proud to share the following Press Release here with you.

Press Release

From: Lynda McKinney lambert

Address: 104 River Road, Ellwood City, PA 16117

E-mail: riverwoman@zoominternet.net  Website: http://www.lyndalambert.com

Phone: ;724 758 4979

Topic:  2019 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

The Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board has selected Ellwood City (PA) artist and author as the 2019 recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquise Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lambert is a retired professor of fine arts and humanities, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA.

Over the past 2 decades she was chosen as a Biographee for a number of publications including the following:

Who’s Who in America

Who’s Who in American Education

Who’s Who in the World

Who’s Who in American Woman

The 2019 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement…

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Definitions: Nonfiction’s Ugly Ducklings

I am sharing this excellent article on writing.
It is particular relevant to those who might be struggling with Writer’s Block. But, the advice here is useful for us all as we plug away at our writing day by day. Enjoy!

BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog

bennettBy John Randolph Bennett

Definitions get a bum rap, probably because we all remember the clunkers we’ve seen (and perhaps written ourselves) in high school papers, superfluous definitions arriving with all the grace of a Zamboni machine blundering into the opening moments of a figure-skating competition.

You know the kind of definitions I’m talking about:

“Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is a tragedy. Merriam-Webster (Eleventh Edition) defines tragedy as: ‘1. A disastrous event. 2. A serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force (such as destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that elicits pity or terror.’”

But definitions have their uses, not only in ensuring that the reader and the writer are both working from a common understanding of key terms, but also, in some cases, even aiding the writer with topic discovery and the organization of form.

Let’s dismiss the Zamboni stereotype right away…

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What Poetry Means to Me

In honor of April – National Month – I Re-blog this beautiful post on to SCAN-A-ALOG today.
What does Poetry Mean To YOU?

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Poetic Day 17 of National Poetry Month:  April 17, 2019

In an e-mail this morning, poet Abbie Johnson Taylor, president of the writers’ group Behind Our Eyes, asked all the members/writers the following question, one which was posed to her by another blogger:  “What does poetry mean to you?”  In a creative manner, I try to give a partial answer to this question in my poem-of-the-day.  Past the midway point of National Poetry Month, how nice to receive a prompt which I can use to meet my goals for NPM!  This post will again conclude with five writing prompts, as well as the link for Abbie’s blog and the link for the website of Behind Our Eyes.

What Does Poetry Mean to Me?

poem by Alice Jane-Marie Massa

When I want to play with words,

poetry is the only sport at which I excel.

When I have no time for…

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Author Spotlight – Lynda McKinney Lambert

Re-Blogging this fantastic interview that was published TODAY at Writer’s Treasure Chest. Thank you, dear friends, for reading my interview and for the many “LIKES” you have clicked on here at the site…Most of all Thanks you, A.J. for the wonderful opportunity to share my thoughts on writing, art, and life.

Writer's Treasure Chest

Welcome on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’.

1. When did you start writing?

I was working on a BFA degree in Painting. One requirement for this degree is intensive writing courses in Art History. I quickly discovered that I loved doing research and writing papers. During the 4 years I took many intensive writing courses in a variety of other subjects in addition to taking every art history course that was offered at the university. When I began a course in poetry, I was hooked for life. I did not have the courage to enter my poetry in the English Department’s literary magazine, but my first publications were my photographs and art works.

When I began work on the MFA degree in Painting, I started getting my poetry published regularly in a variety of literary magazines. Each publication was like winning a prize. I was addicted to getting my work published. I’ve…

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National Poetry Month – Day 6 – 6 Poems

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April 6, 2019

National Poetry Month

On Day 6, I have posted 6 poems at this Page.

I invite you to visit the page and read the 6 poems

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Me!

 

Lynda’s Poems – Please Enjoy!

 

This Page is a GIFT to you from poet, Lynda McKinney Lambert

I invite you to share it with your friends on Social Media.

My only need is that you provide the copyright information when you share.

 

Let’s spread the Happiness

I’ll See YOU at the Top!

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know Lynda McKinney Lambert

thank you, Sally Cronin, for such a nice writeup in Smorgasbord Magazine Blog today. I am honored to be part of The Sunday Interview series. I’ll be sharing this article on my Social Media and my 2 blogs today, too. The magazine is just gorgeous!  And, I just read this fact:

“76 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know Lynda McKinney Lambert”

Absolutely fantastic.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

My guest today is American poet and author Lynda Lambert who shares what is in her briefcase and purse, her fashion sense, a book close to her heart and dreams.

About Lynda Lambert

Lynda Lambert (b.1943) was born in Ellwood City,PA Her academic training is in Fine Arts and Literature. She was a professor of Fine Arts and Humanities until 2007 when her teaching career was cut short suddenly due to sight loss. Her art has been exhibited world wide since 1976.

Her first book _Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage_ is a collection of essays, poems, and drawings she did over a 10 year period while teaching in Salzburg, Austria

Lynda McKinney Lambert lost much of her sight in the fall of 2007, cue to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. She retired from teaching full-time a year later.

She writes and makes mixed-media fiber art full-time. She uses adaptive technologies for the…

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Saturday is for Sharing ~ Butterfly Thomas

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Saturday is for Sharing

Good morning to our Readers

SCAN-a-BLOG

Author’s Interview with

Butterfly Thomas

by Lynda and Miss Opal

 

Lynda_ For our FIRST AUTHOR’s VISIT on the FIRST WEEK OF SPRING ~ 

Miss Opal and I  are so delighted to welcome  BUTTERFLY THOMAS  to our home on the ridge overlooking the spectacular Connoquenessing Creek, in The Village of Wurtemburg, in rural western Pennsylvania. Finally, SPRING ARRIVED here even though it is frosty cold today with a light blanket of fresh snow on the grass.

Listen for a few seconds, Butterfly, and you will hear the Red-Breasted Robin singing from the bare branches in the Ginkgo  tree as you came down the sidewalk.  She begins her song so early in the mornings that the sky is a soft rosy glow on the horizon. I imagine she is busy with nest-building right now, too.

 

Miss Opal_  Butterfly, we just love these pretty Spring mornings! The sun has been shining, in between the days of rain that we get at this time of year. But, I know you live in Virginia, so I think that Spring arrived there with a bit more sunshine than we have in PA.  I always think of the Cherry Blossoms that bloom in your area when it is still cold here.

I like to watch the world of nature from my window in our office. This is a very special day  for us when one of our fellow writers drops in for a little chat.   I want to know more about your name, Butterfly! Do you like it?  Tell us more about it, if you don’t mind.

 ~ Butterfly Thomas ~

~ A Virginia Author ~

Butterfly_  I thought  you would ask me about my name because this is my professional name. And, yes, I really like my name. I don’t use my given name for professional work. Instead, I chose to use the name  “Butterfly Thomas.” I have had the name Butterfly for half of my life now, as I just had a birthday on March 12.

Lynda_ I think your professional name is perfect for a woman with a birthday so close to the beginning of Spring.  It is a time of renewal and rebirth, and that is exactly what a butterfly signifies.

Butterfly_ When I was in high school, a series of events led to me becoming completely blind. I had retinal detachments, cataracts, glaucoma and a couple of unexplained hemorrhages. In my junior year, I accidently got hit in the eye which detached my retina for a final time and I was forever changed. 

 

Lynda_ How did all of this  trauma affect your life as a young girl? 

How did you deal with the rapid changes you plunged into at that time?

Butterfly_ Well, here is what happened!

One year later, I was still adjusting to blindness, but flourishing in my senior status. I was back on honor roll, no longer acting out, and mentoring the younger girls in my dorm (I attended the state school for the blind).

About mid-year, the superintendent told me that I would be presenting the farewell speech at graduation and suggested I do a poem. By this time, I was writing poems about everything from the nasty food in the cafeteria to nurse appreciation week. So, I thought about it for a while and began to write. I called the poem, “Butterfly,” and it was about my 3 years at this school. From year 1 to year 3 I had made several transformations from a vision impaired teenager who let her grades slip and got into fights, to a blind young adult honor roll student who was a role model for the other students.

Miss Opal_ Oh, I see how this could make such a difference for you because you really turned this around by giving hope and inspiration to your fellow graduates.

Butterfly_  Yes! Thereafter, I kept the name Butterfly as a nickname and it was an easy decision to use it as a pseudonym when I started publishing.  

Lynda_ Let me ask you a question that is a little bit off the beaten path, but I think it will be interesting to hear what you have to say about it. This is one of my favorite questions for my guests.

When it is 5 o’clock somewhere, where will you be and what will you be doing?

Butterfly_ I live in the city and I prefer the city because there are more options for paratransit and public transportation. On my job, I work as a counselor and advocate for my cities’ Center for Independent Living.I get off work at 4, so sometimes I am on the paratransit on my way home at 5.

However, if time is on my side, then at 5 I will be at home in my bed, snuggled up under the covers and reading my latest book download. Reading is my absolute favorite thing to do and after a long day at work I have to take at least an hour to decompress and get my thoughts together.

After the clock strikes 6, I have mentally prepared to spend time with my family and so I leave my comfy bed and my room and go out into the living room to engage with my loves.     

Lynda_  Can you please speak a little more about your job as a counselor. What is the best part of your day and why do you like it so much?

ButterflyThe best part of my job is in  powering people with disabilities by helping them become more independent whatever that may mean for them.

I have a Master’s degree and professional counseling and I’m currently under supervision gaining hours so I can sit for my licensure exam.

 

Lynda_  Since you were born in Germany, do you have memories of this country?  You know I was fortunate enough to live in Austria every summer during most of the years I was professor. I loved Germany and took my students there every year since we lived just across the border in Austria.

Butterfly_  I was very young when we lived there. But, I wish we could have stayed  in Germany long enough for me to make some memories>  I will go back some day. This is a promise I made to myself 😎

Lynda_ I believe you will since you feel so strongly about doing that. We just never know where life will take us but I have found that life has a way of taking us to where we intend to go – no matter how long it takes.

Lynda_ I was also thinking about how we have a creative place or space  where we go to do our work. My special work place is here in my home in this room just off of the kitchen. This is where Miss Opal and I do our work together.

Can you describe your creative work space?

Butterfly_ I didn’t really create my creative work space lol.

It is just there in my room. I don’t even sit on a chair or anything, I prefer to sit on my bed cross-legged with my laptop in front of me and my external keyboard in my lap. I will usually have Pandora playing music on my phone in the background and I am in the zone with everybody and everything shut out. My bedroom door stays shut during this process. I guess as an introvert, I must have that place that I can go to recharge from outside influences or just be comfortable and relaxed and my bedroom allows me to do that which is why it became my creative work space.    

 

Miss Opal_  I’m an introvert, too Butterfly.  But, I love to think about some of my first memories. I was rescued by Miss Lynda and her family, along with my mother and my 3 siblings one summer day in the woods in Ohio. We were alone and hungry, and we were sick. We really needed help. We all came  to Pennsylvania to live.  Our mother, Effie Pearl, died last year, but my sister, Miss Bessie lives with us.  Our 2 brothers went to live with some friends. We are now 6 years old and we have a good life. 

Well, that is my earliest memories, Butterfly. I am wondering, what are your early memories like?  What is your earliest memory, how old were you when this memory was saved in your mind?

when did you remember this?

Butterfly_ One of my earliest memories is of me and my family playing outside in the snow. I remember my dad tossed a snowball and it kind of fell on the inside of my glasses. I remember the super cold water dripping down my face as the snow melted against the heat of my skin. I let out a little eek sound from the shock of the cold because I was all snuggly and warm in my thick and heavy snowsuit. my siblings laughed and kind of just ran around picking up snow and tossing it. I was about 3 or 4 in this memory, but I don’t know when I solidified this memory in my mind. Also, on this same day, the memory flashes to my dad pulling a frozen snowball out of the freezer and putting it down my mom’s back, she screams because of the cold and playfully swats his hand. These 2 scenes are all I remember of this day, but it sure seemed like a fun day.    

Lynda_ I’ve always loved to travel. How about you? Do you enjoy going to new places or do you prefer to stay closer to home?

If I gave you a ticket to anywhere you would like to go, where would it be? I

Butterfly_ Lynda, I am really drawn  to this question. Since we  mentioned Germany a couple of minutes ago, it reminded me of how I used to think about this.  But, after reflecting on it, I can say I am changing somewhat.

The way I used to answer this question is by saying I would like to visit Germany because I was born there and my family moved back to the states when I was 2

So, it is true, I have no memories of the country, as I said.

But, there are pictures:  October fest and fun things like that.

But I can no longer see the pictures.

Though, I still do want to go back to Germany and experience everything that country has to offer, my real answer is that I want to go on a food tour.

I want to visit every interesting place and country and taste the lovely foods that signify each culture.

Lynda_  And, I believe you will, Butterfly.  I believe you will go many lovely places in your life and you will enjoy the culture, foods, and everything else that is so good about visiting new places.  And, when you do, please take a moment during your travels and send Miss Opal and me a post card. Will you? We will be watching the mail.  It has been delightful to have this morning with you. Thank you for this special day.

Butterfly_ Thank you Miss Opal and Ms Lynda for inviting me. I hope you both have a wonderful day. It was so nice to be here.

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Find out MORE about Butterfly Thomas:

  Butterfly Thomas Book title: Head Held High

Social media link: http://www.twitter.com/butterflytnovel

Link to purchase: https://www.dldbooks.com/bthomas/

  • Official book blurb:

Shya’s dying mother tasked her with taking care of her younger brothers, and the girl is trying hard to do just that. But it doesn’t take long for the reader to learn that Shya is doing a lot more than being a loving, attentive sister and attending college. She’s also working as a high-end escort under her stepfather’s control. As the stepfather’s demands increase, Shya sees no choice but to kick up her plan to squirrel away enough money to win custody of her brothers. Little does she know that one brother is doggedly pursuing the escape of drugs, while the other is being bullied and hopes to escape everything — permanently. More tragedy ensues as Shya gets caught stealing from the wrong person. Can she save her family with bodies dropping all around her and a killer closing in? Will she lose everything for the pursuit of money? Can she keep her head held high in the face of so much adversity?    

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This feature article on Saturday is for Sharing is a gift from Miss Opal

and Lynda McKinney Lambert. 

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Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright March 23, 2019. All rights reserved.

Saturday is for Sharing

is a series coordinated by Lynda and Miss Opal, her feline writing partner.  Lynda and Miss Opal live in rural western Pennsylvania in The Village of Wurtemburg.

Lynda is the author of 2 published books:

  ~ Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems Buy it!

~ Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage Buy it!

Thank you for visiting with us today.

 

Contact Lynda & Miss Opal at:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net

Your COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, and SUGGESTIONS are always welcome.

 

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5 Photos of a Lucky Day

5 Photos of  A Lucky Day

 

This is a  LUCKY DAY

because  I get

to share 5 PHOTOS of my ART with YOU!

 

I’d bet 5 bucks that you have just met the first

Talisman Maker and Mixed-Media Fiber Artist

in your life – Me.

 

For your viewing pleasure, I’m submitting 5 Photos:

           5 Mixed-Media Fiber Art Works from my Studio

I’ve selected talismans, a bracelet, and wall works.

Now that you have enjoyed my work, it is complete Thank you.

 

 

Each is created from fabrics, artist’s canvas, gemstones, found objects, beads, mirrors, twigs, memories and my vivid imagination.

These talismans and wall works were made in my

River Road Studio

Layered in between raising our 5 children and communitee work, I have made art for the past 45 -plus years.

 

Photo #1:

“Dance of the new Moon,” (Detail).

A  talisman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo #2:

From the “Little Meditations” series.

This work is quite small – ab out 3 x 4 inches.

 

 

 

 

Photo #3: 

“Girl on a Bench Sees Visions of butterflies,”   Won First Place in InSights18, Louisville, KY.  This is a self-portrait of the artist as a child.

Art show sponsored by American Printing House for the blind, 2018.

 

Photo #4  My Bleeding Heart: A Talisman.

 

 

Ida Matildas Morning Glories, Encrusted Bead Work Cuff Bracelet.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo #5

Ida Matilda’s Morning Glories, form my Grandma, Ida Matilda Kiesling Kirker who died when  I was fourteen.

I remembered her flower gardens and created this piece  from my memories of her gardens.

 

 

 

 

Visit me on FaceBook:  River Road Studio