Thursday, June 19, 2014

This lovely book of poetry

... is the first book published by BIG BAD WOLF Press, a new literary publisher based in British Columbia.

Begin With the Corners by Almeda Glenn Miller.

When you follow the link you'll see that I'm very familiar with the poems, but I had no idea what the book would look like. Well it's impressive. The design is gorgeous, the illustrations intriguing, and there's even a download card on the inside back cover for a recording by Motes and Oats. Congratulations to BIG BAD WOLF Press. I'm curious to see what they do next. Whatever it is, I'm guessing it will be just as lovely.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Common redpolls nesting

On April 17 I watched a redpoll leisurely feeding another. It looked like they were kissing. I took a few pics through the window in effort to capture what looked to be a most romantic courtship. 

Redpolls courting, Creighton, SK. April 17, 2014.

These redpolls hung around, so I kept an eye on them. Some days later (I didn't note which day exactly) I noticed there was only one redpoll visiting the feeder. It was feeding differently, essentially packing its face and leaving. This continued until today. Breeding and nesting information I found online reinforced my suspicion that they were nesting nearby. Last week H and I twice saw the redpoll fly to the bush across the street, which has the same general mix of willow, alder, poplar, birch and spruce as our yard. The face-packing visits continued.

Redpoll in yard, Creighton, SK. May 16, 2014.

This morning when the redpoll arrived at the feeder it was followed by this little guy.

Juvenile redpoll in yard, Creighton, SK. May 18, 2014.

Juvenile redpoll in yard, Creighton, SK. May 18, 2014.

Juvenile redpoll in yard, Creighton, SK. May 18, 2014.

I took pics from every angle, but I'll just post these for now. What an exciting morning!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A book I can't wait to read

...came in the mail today. I read a few poems before I took this pic


Stowaways by Ariel Gordon.

and another after. Dandy poems they are. I knew they would be.

Friday, May 09, 2014

What a gorgeous book

...this is! It came in the mail today, so of course I took it outside for this pic.



I was one of many lucky people who watched the drafting of this book, as Brian posted each piece as he went along. His close attention to place and the depth of his reflections kept me coming back. I look forward to experiencing the work in this final book form.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April winds up



This pic is from yesterday. It was a beautiful day.

This is the last day of National Poetry Month. I never thought I'd find myself in a NaPoWriMo situation, but I accepted an invitation to be part of a small group of women writers with the goal of writing a poem a day for the month of April. It's amazing how quickly a sense of community develops. We all have other things on the go, but this gathering was oddly energizing. It's just what I needed.