Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Naguib Mahfouz has died. He was one of my favorite writers. The Cairo Trilogy was brilliant.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

And there it is

To be/ or not/ to be/ that is/ the quest/


Not a question but a quest!! The "ion" is the unstressed syllable. Now isn't that a better reading? Not that there is a bad reading here. That boy William plays with words so very well. Thank you Stephen Fry!!

I need to count my iambs marching more often. I really do.

Back to tapping. Have a great day.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Scan this!

I just picked up The Ode Less Traveled by Stephen Fry. Read this book. Not only is he a funny actor and writer, but he is helpful too. I am only about twenty pages in, but I have learned so very much about scanning.

I don't see feet or metre well. I have to tap it out. But this book really teaches you to learn to see it. I am thinking in iambic pentametre. It is starting to be come natural. Sort of. Hah. We might be driving to Omaha today, so I will have time to practice.

Have a great day!!

Monday, August 21, 2006

I am still here

Yes, but alas life has taken time I hadn't expected. Vacations and visitors, filling the hours and days.

I thought about two poems to write, remembered one I had started, about train tickets. I read a Rilke poem that inspired me to write one about my father. And a few other ideas I did take notes to remember.

So this isn't out of my realm of thought (just not action) despite 5 weeks having passed since I wrote here last.

I think by September things should have smoothed, velvet-like we (the royal we, me and my pen) hope, so that I can begin my fall in the way I would prefer. A room of ones own is nice, but the time to be able to spend writing there is much more valuable.

Hope your summer has passed in a way you would have preferred. Have a lovely evening!