Weaving Poetic Tales

Author, poet, freelancerWe came upon our futures in fits and starts, like so many drunks wobbling along an unfamiliar alley, looking for the nearest new attraction. We came looking for what we'd become, for what we were meant to be, without looking hard to find out what we were starting with. We came, we saw, we conquered....more


This poem, Mystic, was originally posted on my website, www.meganoteri.wordpress.com, that was dedicated to all things rodeo.  I recently made the website password protected to prevent further photo piracy.  I am figuring out what to do about that website.  Lots of left brain stuff has to happen before I make my next move with that website.  So, for now, we will continue our right brain magic here at memomuse.  Oh, how I love the right brain!...more

Interview with a Poet: Amy Turn Sharp

Four months ago, Amy Turn Sharp kicked off writing a poem every day for an entire year and posting them on her blog. Her reasons are simple (beyond the personal desire to publish a chapbook): I want people to fall in love with poetry again. I want to start a revolution of lovely words. And terrible words. And scary words. And bad words. And all of the words. that make up the human condition. ...more

52 Poems and Stories. Langston Hughes

Paraphrases come from The Big Sea softcover published by Thunder Head Press in New York. ...more
 @HomeRearedChef  Virginia, I can't believe you never heard of my boyfriend.  Hughes was born in ...more

NaBloPoMo Poetry Contest: Villanelles

Welcome back to another poetry contest. In honour of NaBloPoMo's April theme -- POEM -- as well as National Poetry Month, we're trying our hand at four types of fixed form poems. Fixed form poetry is meant to free the mind by providing a structure much in the same way a house frees the person who lives inside to focus on things other than the elements outside. The second form we're going to look at is the villanelle. ...more
Kudos to you, Mel, for figuring out this presentation. REALLY interesting... Fondly, Robinmore

Rejection As Motivation

Author, poet, freelancerA person's motivations ebb and flow with the current of life and its influences. Loving, being loved, employed, losing one's job, hearing, being deaf; all of these create specific and individual motivations and actions.Poets utiliize that understanding, sometimes creating songs, at other times short or long poems about the rejections people encounter during life's journey. Entire volumes of books deal with this one motivational factor. And if you stop to consider your own life, you'll see why there is so much fodder for the poet's grist mill....more

Happy Easter!

... Gather gladness from the skies;Take a lesson from the ground;Flowers do ope their heavenward eyesAnd a Spring-time joy have found;Each throws Winter's robes away,Decks herself for Easter Day. Beauty now for ashes wear;Perfumes for the garb of woe,Chaplets for dishevelled hair,Dances for sad footsteps slow;Open wide your hearts that theyLet in joy this Easter Day. Seek God's house in happy throng;Crowded let His table be;Mingle praises, prayer, and song,...more
 @JourneyofLife I added the link in a comment on your amazing, growing, networking blog—that ...more

Taking a Cue From Fiction

Author, poet, freelancer “Write a scene with two people interacting without speaking” is the prompt I found on Poetic Asides this morning. Okay, that’s easy enough. After all, isn’t that what poets do best?...more

Mount Cemetery

  I knew you were back there,concealed somewhere on a private farm;I cruised the country road out front,guessing where you were, tryingto catch a glimpse of white s...more

Gathering in the Shadows

Author, poet, freelancerToday’s Claudsy’s Blog features my three poems created under the writing prompt of “Hiding Poem” from Poetic Asides’ April’s Poem-A-Day Challenge. That was a mouthful, wasn’t it?I found it odd that the prompt should reflect the basis of a course lesson that I did just yesterday. Serendipity must be working herself to the bone lately. For the past week it seems as if everything I encounter, related to writing, centers on some aspect of “hiding.”...more