Today as I sat quietly for a time, I began thinking about the new book we hope to create from the blog. When new ideas occur to me this way, I know the creative process is at work once again. A slower pace now. No deadlines. This is just to share and be creative.
One idea I have for the print book title is Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin: Selected Poems and Photos From Our Blog. Another idea may seem better as we work. The title says clearly that this is content readers may have seen before. And if they like the book, they can visit the blog for similar content that may be new for them.
I envision a longer book this time, different from the large print chapbook, Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014). I am still happy with this book, and it was good to promote it again in 2019.
Today I thought about feedback I’ve received over the years and want to remember to include a few old favorite poems.
The daylilies in the vase Are ending
Petals drop on wood
I leave them They express something poignant
That words never could.
“Petals On Wood” was published in ARTS ALIVE: A LITERARY REVIEW (1988, The Tinley Park – Park District; Illinois).
birds perch in sheltering branches a grain of mustard seed
Matthew 13: 31 – 32
Published in Time Of Singing (1995).
shoveling . . . scent of mint through snow
Time Of Singing 25th Anniversary Volume 1998
Sheboygan County Wisconsin State Park System September 8, 2018 Photo by Karl
Poem, Bible verse, and thoughts from a post in September 2014:
turning the page of an older book the age in my hands
Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation . . . Psalm 71: 18 (KJV)
I wrote the haiku awhile ago. I’ve always been an “old soul” and always felt my gifts with the language arts would take a long time to begin to grow. When I read verses in the Bible that encouraged me to take the long view, I had no idea blogs would be the answer.
And creative notes today:
I have a few drafts of chapbooks in progress, with my poems from our blogs. And I’ll add photos. Many ways to create, and each book can be different. I am still happy with Quiet Christmas Poetry, from 2014.
As I work through this process, the posts here with dates and any publication credits help a lot. I also save emails and letters from editors and have a few shelves where I keep print journals and books. Grateful to the editors and all readers for their encouragement.
Ellen Grace Olinger
These are two of my favorite photos by Karl from our recent visit to The Sheboygan River at Kiwanis Park. We saw many butterflies.
On the weekends, I enjoy BookTV on C-SPAN2. “Television for Serious Readers.” Sometimes I listen to a panel discussion, an interview with an author, and every so often there is live coverage of a book festival. The discussion may well be about a subject or topic that is not part of my daily life. I like hearing the vocabulary and learning something new. Many voices, from many places. And I am interested in the creative process and how much we have in common.
I know when I write here, that Lake Michigan is a Great Lake unique to our region. Yet the earth, water, and sky are universal. My mother taught English literature and spoke of “the human condition.” We watched many programs. Through blogs, I know more about seasons and gardens in other places near and far, in terms of geography.
Libraries are wonderful places. I always feel at home at a library, and they do so much good for communities. More good books than I can read, and BookTV helps me learn a little more. Blogs as well – all the wonderful posts.
Today, Karl and I walked around the neighborhood. A day for old shoes and warm clothes. I will be wearing my winter coat for awhile. We saw robins, heard red-winged blackbirds, saw and heard cranes in the sky, fallen trees from last year’s storm with clean-up in good progress. Some perennials are beginning – we think they are skunk cabbage. Marsh marigolds will follow. We also saw deer. Some seem young – maybe a year old?
Sadly, we are seeing the death of many ash trees in our area, due to the Emerald Ash Borer. We noted this in different parks last year. There are far too many affected trees in the park forests to be removed. Yet the landscape remains beautiful, as the forests and neighborhoods change.
As a Creative Note, The Arts Page – Milwaukee PBS, hosted by Sandy Maxx, is an interesting program. I learn about artists and art that are new for me. So much courage and creativity, each unique. A lot of sustained work over time, which inspires. I have read many books about creativity and writing.
garden journal through the seasons every photo a prayer
Cotoneaster shadows on the wood path – May 8, 2017
Hosta – August 8, 2018 Photo by Karl
The perennials are beautiful as they grow, flower, and change through the months and seasons.
The last rose of the year – September 17, 2016 Photo by Karl
Begonias in a thrift store vase – August 31, 2017
It is interesting, as we create a second large print book, the same poems seem to go well with a blog post, an email, and/or reflections in general. There is no hurry with this project. I am beginning to memorize the poems for the book. Then I will know the sequence. I like to be able to think about the work as I work in the kitchen, for example, and soon – the yard.
poems we read again and again washing an old plate the pattern still new
roses in the sun some ending some beginning and some in full bloom good to grow older
clouds and yet enough light to fill a jam jar with the last of the carnations
different shapes of the rose bush and lilacs in the yard they grew towards the light