memorial for a brilliant woman

Friday, July 31, 2009

the last poem

July 31


In some old calculus notebook,
the theory of everything may be

a doodle on the blue-lined paper
of swirls and fat connecting hearts,

the most important thing in the world,
still on your mind after all these years.

Take it personal!!

My favorite poet, Tony Hoagland, once more captures everything in a poem that says so much.



Good show, Carol Ann Duffy

In her poem for Harry Patch, Britain's poet laureate shows how it should be done-

article and poem

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mr. A!!!

Take a look at the picture on the link- he sure doesn't look like THAT anymore- but he's still one of my favorite poets...

Happy Birthday, John Ashbery!!


Thursday, July 23, 2009

A fine poet passes- So long, Joe!

Joe Awad was a wonderful man and poet. He served as the Poet Laureate of Virginia.

He died last weekend. Here are links to some of his poems:


Stopping at the Mayflower

The Neon Distances

Of an Evening

and a Villanelle

From his listing in Poets & Writers:

Books:The Big Bang (The Poet's Press, 1999), Leaning to Hear the Music (Road Publishing, 1997), Shenandoah Long Ago (The Poet's Press, 1990), The Neon Distances (Golden Quill Press, 1980)

Anthologies:Howard Bloom's Anthology of American Religious Poems (Library of America, 2006), Sonnets (University of Evansville Press, 2005), The Next Parish Over: A Collection of Irish-American Writing (New Rivers Press, 1993), Grape Leaves: A Century of Arab-American Poetry (University of Utah Press, 1988)

Friday, July 10, 2009

a poem for july 10th


beyond the blue
where we can talk
like we did before

life turned
then fell off the edge.

Look there! It’s another one.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Writing, poetry, and life

I feel like I am crawling out from under a large mass of debris. Since around the 20th of May life has taken many unexpected twists and turns that have left me unable to focus on anything more than making it from day to day.

My writing has suffered, I had too much to say and too little time to give.

However, thanks to Ross White, I started writing a poem a day for the month of July. I'm keeping them short, simple, but trying to express some of the turmoil of the past two months.

I have read two books- the new Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) book by Charlaine Harris and The Virgin of Bennington by Kathleen Norris, both interesting and enjoyable for different reasons.

The gallery exhibition Poetry Room is a wonderful success, thanks to all the poets who sent work (over 40). Since it will be up through August 16th and we'll have another First Friday opening in August, anyone is welcome to send poems (in the body of an email, please, to shannp (at) gmail (dot)com).

After the car wreck (I was forced off the road by some hoodlums) I have since gotten a new(ish) car and am very happy with it. And I feel safe.

So c'mon poetry, stories, whatever...I'm ready to write and open-minded.


Thursday, July 02, 2009

preview tonight for First Friday!

Come see the poems! Thirty poets from all over the country sent poems for the wall at art6.

Rhonda Baker Goochland, Patsy Ann Bickerstaff Richmond, Wes Childress Richmond, Cynthia Jean Chisholm Richmond, Rachel Dacus California, Denise DeVries Kilmarnock, Roselyn Elliot Charlottesville, Kori E. Frazier West Virginia, Bernadette Geyer Vienna, Marian Hollowell, Richmond, John Hoppenthaler North Carolina, Ibrahim S. Kurtulus Richmond, Rachel Mallino Charlottesville, Julie Adler Noyes Richmond, Patty Paine Qatar, Shann Palmer Richmond, Frank Parker, Arizona, Tom Sanchez Prunier Richmond, Michael Rew Richmond, Michael Rothenberg California, Elise Skidmore Florida, Robert Smith Texas, Cheryl Snell Washington D.C, Diana Strelow , Amy Tudor, Doug Tanoury, Colva Weissenstein Arlington, Vernon Wildy Jr. Richmond, Toni Wynn, and Robert E. Young.

In addition- there's ART!! It's a members show! Upstairs there are exhibits by Justin Godhe (Algebra of the Form), Wynne Creasey (The poetic Virginia Landscape) and Amanda Cleland (Prints).

Tonight 7-9, preview exhibit
First Friday 6-10pm