Monday, April 27, 2015

Death as Metaphor 17: What Say Ye Inevitable Death?

We have no control of our future. We want to “stretch” our lives beyond death because the future is unknown as death. This is one reason poets write about death.

Death is a constant reminder of the end- mortality- so we want to reassure ourselves that we are still part of the living and build hope.

The symbols and meanings attached to death are not fixed because individuals have different experiences, circumstances, and thinking that change the metaphor and context.

Since we cannot control death, we use metaphors to help our reasoning of it. Our personal culture, ideas, myths, our fears and hopes, all influence our understanding of death.

So, we may continue to use death as a metaphor for the future since neither can be controlled. And a lot of great poetry has been written because of it. From inspirational to the macabre, death is a constant theme in our lives.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Books I’m Reading 15

Beautiful Lego by Mike Doyle. As the title suggests, the author and artist has collected artwork created by various artists using LEGO bricks, blocks, and figurines to construct cities, buildings, vehicles, animals, etc. Quite a feat!
The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington is about a teenage girl named Jade who moves into a haunted house and must solve the murder of the ex-popular/mean girl of school. It’s a great book. It keeps you reading and guessing who might have done it. Pretty soon you’ll have a list of suspects like Jade!
Blue Horses, poems by Mary Oliver. Oliver has an interesting way of putting words together in her poetry. Right when you think it’s simple, you get glimpses of a much more complicated individual. Good read. 

Who Says Bullies Rule? Common sense tips to help your kids cope by Catherine DePino. This book is for parents, administrators, teachers… anyone involved with children. Just like the title says, there are a ton of useful resources to look at, sample cases of bullying, and cyberbullying.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Art 4: Life Drawing 101s

Back in 1998 (Wow! that far back?) I used to take Life Drawing classes. I really enjoyed the classes and the art professors. Not only because I actually learned something, but because of the freeing nature of drawing. Every time I picked up the charcoal, I was amazed at how I was able to ‘see’ the model in front of me and capture some essence on the page. I’ve always felt I could do more in my drawings, but this particular piece looked almost complete and I liked the way the dark lines made the model ‘pop out.’



Monday, April 6, 2015

It’s that Month again!

In case you didn’t realize, but this is a month packed with a lot of activities. Not only is Easter celebrated in April, Arbor Day and Earth Day are right behind it. So if you can- help plant a tree and make sure to reduce-reuse-recycle.

We’ve also had the Lunar Eclipse. That was a sight!

Here are other happenings this month: Autism Awareness Month, Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month, and Child Abuse Prevention Month, and National Poetry Month.

Here are a few websites to consider:





Check out your local libraries for events =)

Also, the Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2015 is now on Amazon! My poem “Sudden” is one of the submissions. Very excited.