Category: Beauty

November Creative Notes

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This beautiful grey first day in November, I turned my calendar by Wendy Brightbill to the new month.  I follow her blog, a girl and her brush.  Her art adds color and hope to my days.

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As I prayed a few Psalms today, and read a few poems by Luci Shaw, I thought about the artists and friends who grace my life, over the years.

These poems by Luci Shaw can be read at her site:

Signs

The Returns of Love After George Herbert

Obedience

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Images: wpclipart

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Willow

The weeping willow
performs its own ballet

Silently lyrical
singing of solace
dancing of peace

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This is a poem that I wrote many years ago.  It was published in Bell’s Letters Poet, edited by Jim Bell; and The Discerning Poet, edited and published by Margaret L. Been.

Margaret Been’s art blog is The Messy Palette.

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Photo by Karl – 2011

Poem by Ellen Grace Olinger

Poetry Journals and Memories

Another print journal I am grateful to receive is The Lyric (1921 – 2017).  I looked at their website today.  I see their current site is also with WordPress.

The Summer 2017 print issue (Volume 97) is here by my computer.  The Current Issue page at their website lists the contributors and also sample poems.

Jean Mellichamp Milliken is Editor.  The Associate Editor is Nancy Mellichamp Savo.

The Assistant Editor is Patrick Milliken, and the Collegiate Contest Coordinator is Tanya Cimonetti.

The Lyric is “the oldest magazine in North America in continuous publication devoted to traditional poetry.”  I remember sharing this journal with my mother, Enola M. Borgh, who was born in 1917 and taught literature and composition.  She often quoted Robert Frost and admired his craft.  I read his poetry to her during her last illness.

I see The Lyric also looks to Frost for inspiration.  See their Submit Poetry page.

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Editors and journals vary in their styles, guidelines, and policies.   I read and reread carefully, before offering work for review.   And I enjoy many forms of poetry, print and online.

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Ellen Grace Olinger