Sunday, April 25, 2010

One Doe Press

My sister has a new blog called One Doe Press. She's got a couple chapbooks published and wanted a place to continue her writing and share her poetry with friends. She writes about injustice, mental health issues like homelessness, drug addiction and depression and the down and out in elegant but gritty prose.

Her newest chapbook, Railway Spine, has beautiful and heartbreaking characters tangled up in impossible situations. She may write sparse and quick poems that seem to hit you over your head or carefully layered prose crafted of rich language and emotional intensity.

Either way she can size up a character in a whip stitch and she never forgets the heat and soul of the matter. All of her chapbooks are available on her blog.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Starting seeds

Starting seeds
Originally uploaded by monpon.

As many people have noticed, the color scheme here in the midwest is changing. It started with the swell of wood violets growing among the green blades of grass, then the sprouting of red and green roots of poppies, peonies and hastas. Now the yellows have called forth in the perfection of the daffodils and the blossoming of the forsythia. We, too, have started planting for our summer garden; peppers, broccoli, lettuce and basil. Since the blight of our tomatoes last summer left the soil depleted, we will only plant a few of those longed for sweets, and in a different part of the garden. I am still sprinkling chopped frozen kale into sauces and mixing up walnuts with the pesto mix of last summer, but we are nearing the end of the supply. So it is fitting that we get out there and start sowing our own colors into the already blooming gardens that surround us.