Poetry posts and Review of Events

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This morning my post is up on the Writer’s Cooperative of the Pacific Northwest.  It’s a song lyric from my first Shredded Orphans novel “Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans”.  Check it out here:


In other news, I had two great events in the past few weeks.  At the end of April I had a delightful time with 14 other authors at a book signing at the University Bookstore in Mill Creek.  It was a fun evening filled with books and food.

The other was my very first book reading at the Neverending Bookshop in Bothell.  It was  so nice to see everyone who turned out for it and the owner, Annie, did a great job of setting up for the event and making me feel welcome and comfortable.  I read the first chapter of “Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans“, part of “The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates” and a smattering of poems from “Requite Me: Poems of Love Jealousy and Angst“.  The two hours just flew by.  Also, there were brownies and banana muffins.  What more could you want?


California Notebooks – National Poetry Month Day 4 with Anna Mosca

Welcome to day four of National Poetry Month.  Today I am pleased to present fellow WordPress blogger and  poet Anna Mosca.  I’m pleased to have selected her parents’ anniversary as her guest blog date.  Happy Anniversary to Anna’s parents!  You can find her vivid poems some in English and some in Italian along with her photography .  Check those out on her link below.  Enjoy!


This poem is taken from the collection California Notebooks. California Notebooks is a diary in poetic format of my time in California. The project started in August 2013 and it was, at the beginning, bilingual, English and Italian. The poems were coming to me, at the same time, in both languages. With time English prevailed and the last poems, included this one, are in English only.

Poetry has always been part of my life. A lifesaver during hard times when I could not handle pain, a “touching base”, a balm. The knowledge of a hidden deeper world. A secret language leading to new lands. Nowdays it is predominant among all of my artistic expressions and it’s a daily task, absolutely necessary. It has become a life giving habit. Digging into ones emotions, observing them and describing them to others, or to oneself, is a necessary convolution, healing and nourishing. I came to realize it is fundamental as eating and sleeping. Finding identifications in other people poetry also gives us a very strong sense of belonging to a beautiful and complex oneness where we hold, each one, our uniqueness.

Photo A. Mosca California Notebooks

a river pouring
you are not rushing

to me poetry flows
out is hard to contain

I’ve no hands for that use
I’ve new eyes to embrace

strong legs clasped around
it’s an odd place wonderful

to be tell me what is
new today with you


Anna Mosca Copyright 2014

Of Italian nationality but at heart a globe-trotter loves to immerse herself in other cultures. Artist and Professor of Arts express herself through, and teaches on the subjects of, photography, poetry, and painting.
When possible she likes to have these discipline completing one another. Her current blog on wordpress: annamosca.wordpress,com includes poetry and photography and she has started seminars on the healing property these disciplines hold.
She majored (at the Art Academy of Brera in Milan, Italy) with a thesis on the complete Conceptual Art work of Jenny Holzer. A contemporary artist, internationally renowned, who uses words as the main mean of her expression (aphorisms).


What Bird – National Poetry Month Day 3 with Bonnie McClellan

Welcome to day three of National Poetry Month.  Today I am pleased to present fellow WordPress blogger and  poet Bonnie McClellan.  Her blog contains many of her expressive poems as well as poems from other participants in International Poetry Month in February.  Check those out on her link below.  Enjoy!


The locust tree begins:
scarlet thorns, greening branches.

Impatient spring slips wetly
the van der Waals bonds
of this weak winter.

Time, time, time,
wasted in blank tasks:
showers, flossing, the recycling of newspapers.

I forget what bird I saw this morning.


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April is National Poetry Month – Blog Anyone?

Since April is National Poetry Month, I thought it would be fun to have guest bloggers post a poem a day in the month of April.  This is not a contest and would be a non-judgmental fun way to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Let me know if  you are interested in joining me.  I’ll take 29 posts from fellow writers.  Just comment below if you would like to be included and I will get you the details.

Thanks and Happy Writing!

National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, I have decided to post a poem from Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans.



Here are the lyrics for the Shredded Orphans’ song “Queen of the Bees”

Queen of the Bees

Baby, you’re the Queen of the Bees

You don’t care if everybody sees

What you’ve done to me

Breaking me in two



I watch you ooze all over other guys

They stick to you like nasty little flies

They don’t even care

When you crack the whip



Baby, you call my name and I jump

Even when you’ve left me in the dump

I can’t believe I would

After what you did



Watch me fall down upon my knees

Because you are the Queen of the Bees

Tear my heart in two

Bleeding on the floor



My apologies if you didn’t care for this poem/song lyric.  The Shredded Orphans are a space punk band, or in their world a seismic rock band.  My book is due to be self-published summer of 2013.  You can read more about their adventures then.  Happy National Poetry month!