Thank you, Adrian Koesters for this review.
Thank you, Adrian Koesters for this review.
Thank you to Jules Nyquist and John Roche for giving me the opportunity to read with my cousin. I read from my collection This Thirst (Kelsay Books 2017)
Cover Artwork by Elizabeth King Durand
Here is the You Tube link to our poetry reading on March 30th, 2021:
It's hard to believe that we're nearly mid-month of the first month in the New Year. I have been trying to be "intentional" in everything I do this year. I have been reading for my own pleasure 30-45 minutes a day. Love the big print books I rented from the Brockport Seymour library. Currently reading three women (nonfiction) by Lisa Taddeo. At first, I wondered what I was getting myself into by selecting this book, without really knowing what it's about. Endorsement from Elizabeth Gilbert is why I picked it up. The library visit is not the luxurious browse. It's find what you need or want, and move on. I wanted to see if the book club that I had attended twice in two years was having its meeting online. No longer associated with the Brockport Seymour library, but still led by a woman named Dryad or Driad, who strangely didn't like me, because she knew I was a writer and teacher. I think she was worried that I would take her authority. Hardly my intention, I just wanted to read a few books and listen to the discussion. I wasn't successful sticking with it because my teaching at The College at Brockport occurred during the hour of the Book Club's meetings. Too bad, because I really liked the people, including Dryad the leader, who attended the club. During the shelter in place, The Book Club moved to The Sweden Senior Center; yet, the Seymour library still reserves the books for the members. I was hoping that they were participating via zoom meeting and I could attend again. A librarian named Stephanie helped me. She phoned the Book Club leader. I guess when Stephanie revealed my name, the Book Club leader bristled and said, "Tell her that the membership is closed." So I am out of luck. I have been banned from a Book Club. I am going to read the book slotted for their next meeting: The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards. So, I'm hoping I'll find another Book Club for this year.
I have been attending readings, far and near, since the start of the year. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the featured readers and the open mics. Zoom has made this possible. I realize how many prefer in person readings, but this Zoom platform has made opportunities for so many who wouldn't be able to attend in person. I hope, after the pandemic lifts, that this platform will remain, giving all interested the opportunity to attend readings, concerts, lectures, and so on.
During the next 3 weeks, I will continue to work on writing and art projects and prepare for the upcoming semester, which starts on 2/1/2021. I am feeling healthy. Trying to get back to reduced sugar intake. I had quite a bit over the holidays . . . Just because. Need to take those long walks, again.
My eyes are spinning in oil. I have been reading newspapers online, cover to cover. Watching the events on January 6th horrified me and my family. We sat transfixed for hours, trying to make sense of what what happening in the Capitol. It was so scary. I am beseeching our leaders to do everything necessary to put an end to the Trump chaos. The leaders who supported this chaos should be dismissed from their positions. They are a danger to us all. It's time to send a clear message to these people who have blindly put their faith in believing the lies. I believe the next four years will be a time of reconstruction of our values and moral integrity. We will make it so. I am fed up with racism, prejudice, bias, greed, deceit. It has to stop. I do believe, people to people, we can making a difference.
Do not hide from this challenge. Do not depend on someone else to bring peace and understanding to our communities across the United States. Have courage to be kind and considerate of everyone. Listen and speak with good intention.
Glorious Peas! Our gardens were exceptional this year. A bounty of fruits and veggies. Spent hours upon hours in the gardens, weeding, waiting . . .
This is a turkey egg.
North garden was the Irish dream. Lavender, white and golden potatoes. Big harvest this year.
All photos: MRTonery, 2020
Publications for 2020: 85 in total
“Morning, Listening to that Faint Thunder” Nine Muses Poetry (UK), January, 2020
“What Will Be Left, in Leaving” Freshwater Literary Journal, 2020
“How Bright the Moon Shines Tonight” and “No One Owns the Clouds,” Third Wednesday, Spring, 2020
“Without Force (2)” and “The Day Turned Dark” Front Porch Review, April 2020; July 2020
“Epiphany in January” Amethyst Review, February, 2020
“That Wasn’t What I Thought” Amethyst Review, March 2020
“Advent” and “Nothing Is What It Seems” Live Nude Poems, February, 2020
“Orion” Tar River Poetry, October, 2020
“City Street Performance” Plum Tree Tavern, February, 2020
“What Was Lost” Eunoia Review, April, 2020
"In an Instant Comes a Gust of Whiteness” The Lake, April, 2020
Triolet: “Things Are Not Always What They Seem” Amethyst Review, May, 2020
“Out of Reach” Red Eft Review, March, 2020.
“Seeking the Self, Beyond the Self” Nine Muses Poetry, UK, June, 2020
“How to Expect, the Unexpected” The Pangolin Review, April, 2020
“Sometimes the Lights Onstage Are So Bright” Prometheus Dreaming, April, 2020
“Waiting for You in Rain” The Eunoia Review, May, 2020
“Strait of Reflection” and “A Chance to Catch One’s Breath” Dreams Walking, 2020
“Melancholy” Plum Tree Tavern, June, 2020
“(Out)look” and “Vespers” Amethyst Review, July and August, 2020
“Days of Empty Hours” Clementine Unbound. July, 2020
“Weathering This” and “Eden, Rising” Red Eft Review, June, 2020
“Ephemeral, Lasting” and “In Every Way” Global Poemic, June, 2020
“The Weight of Air” and “Not Light (hearted)” Nine Muses Poetry, UK, September, 2020
“Calling Hours” Alba, A Journal of Short Poetry, 2020
“I Have Things to Tell You,” “Every Word,” and “A Growing Compulsion”
Dreich 5, UK, March, 2021
“Another Shade of Yellow” Third Wednesday, July, 2020
“Season of Quarantine,” “Second Chance,” “Obscurity,”
“Fair Weather” Ink Pantry, August, 2020
“Mise en Scène” Anti-Heroin Chic, October, 2020
“Comparatively, Speaking” Prometheus Dreaming, October, 2020
“Fool’s Moon, Full Moon,” Trouvaille Review, October, 2020
“Dwelling, Here” Amethyst Review, January, 2021
“Captivity” Front Porch Review, January,2021
The Gravity of Rain” Red Eft Review, November, 2020
“What Am I Saving?” Red Eft Review, November, 2020
“No Small Thing” and “Strandhill Beach in May,” Poetry and Place, December, 2020
“(Re)cycling” City. River. Tree. Spring 2020.
“Far from Home,” “After, Ever,” “The Memory House,”
and “Mask of Loveliness,” Otoliths, February, 2020
“She Says,” Lost Balloon, February, 2020
“Caught on Tape” A Story in 100 Words, January, 2020
“Wonder” A Story in 100 Words, February, 2020
“Nearly, Magnolia, Milk Candy Review, May,2020
“Tit-for-Tat” The Dribble Drabble Review, May, 2020
“Almost Positive” and “Intimate Places” Otoliths, July 2020
“Living Alone in Covid-19 Times, The Drabble, May 2020
“No Exit” The Dribble Drabble Review, 2020
“From Where She Sat” City. River. Tree. 2020
“Rock. Paper. Scissors.” Written Tales, 2020
“Exchange” 100 Word Story, 2020
“Hemmed-In” and “Mixed Tapes” Otoliths, 2020
“Holding, Still” The Dribble Drabble Review, Spring 2021
“White Noise” Milk Candy Review, Winter, 2021
“No One Knows I’m Here” Eunoia Review, January, 2020
“No Plans Come to Mind” Eunoia Review, February, 2020
“Perspective” Eunoia Review, September, 2020
“Possessions” Otoliths, 2020
“Between Worlds” reprinted in Flash Frontier, December, 2020
“Another Dark Place” Eunoia Review, February, 2021
Truɘ Enough, by J.R. Solonche (Dos Madres, 2019) The Lake, 2020
"Clotheslines" CNF essay (reprinted) in Stone Gathering, Summer 2020
“No One Owns the Clouds” poem (reprinted) in Lummox Anthology, Summer, 2020
“Help me Find myself” and “Living Alone in Covid-19 Times”
Shelter in Place, Staring Problem Press, 2020
Anniversary issue of Grey Sparrow, “To the Small Child Holding a Balloon” (poem), 2020
Wigleaf The Top 50 Very Short Fiction 2020, and Long List stories:
Iuppa, M.J., "She Can't Settle Down," Milk Candy, (December 12, 2019)