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Showing posts from February, 2012

Current Favorite Poet --Naomi Shihab Nye

The Words Under the Words
By Naomi Shihab Nye

for Sitti Khadra, north of Jerusalem
My grandmother’s hands recognize grapes,
the damp shine of a goat’s new skin.
When I was sick they followed me,
I woke from the long fever to find them
covering my head like cool prayers.

My grandmother’s days are made of bread,
a round pat-pat and the slow baking.
She waits by the oven watching a strange car
circle the streets. Maybe it holds her son,
lost to America. More often, tourists,
who kneel and weep at mysterious shrines.
She knows how often mail arrives,
how rarely there is a letter.
When one comes, she announces it, a miracle,
listening to it read again and again
in the dim evening light.

My grandmother’s voice says nothing can surprise her.
Take her the shotgun wound and the crippled baby.
She knows the spaces we travel through,
the messages we cannot send—our voices are short
and would get lost on the journey.
Farewell to the husband’s coat,
the ones she has loved and nourished,

The Porcupine Leaving the Party

Why is the porcupine leaving the party? Maybe the corny birthday card lyric scared it off...
B-card from my death-metal hubby with orchid.

Happy 29th Birthday!

My father was the first person to wish me happy birthday.
(It is already 21st in Japan.)
Thank you for being my papa.

My New Coin Case!

A birthday present from my death-metal hubby.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Our Tradition: Chocolate Covered Strawberry!

Charmi Keranen’s Poetry Art Exhibition

My friend, Charmi, is a talented poet from the Midwest and she just published her first book, “The Afterlife is a Dry County” by Big Wonderful Press.

Currently I am organizing her poetry exhibition with domestic and international artists. We are booking an art gallery in South Bend, IN. The schedule is pending. However, we would like to have the exhibition by late this summer. It is going to be something contemporary, beautiful, and crazy!

So far, I have five excellent artists on board:

Ashley Biggs: Cover photographer at IU South Bend Literary Journal.
Alex Zaideman: Calendar photographer at the Indiana Dunes.
Brad Schmidt: Charcoal artist from Colombia College.
Chelle Costello: Artist, musician, and professor at IU South Bend.
Mitoka Yamada: Painter and performer in Tokyo, Japan.

If you introduce me to your artist friends who may be interested in joining this exhibition, please contact me. I am always happy to meet new artists.