“Things weren’t real to you.  They were just raw material for you to reshape to tell a story you liked better.  You could never just listen to a boy play guitar, you’d have to turn it into a poem, make it all about you.” Janet Fitch, White Oleander

“But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily vague, tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing.”  Kate Chopin, The Awakening

“So it goes.” Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

179 thoughts on “She

  1. I am enthralled! Your poetry ‘speaks’ on so many levels – so rich with imagery and unexpected twists and tales.- beautiful! I am following!

  2. Shrinks, On my blog you wondered that I like your poetry. We indeed think differently. I am a grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of 1 – so what would you expect. But I respect and admire you. Your poetry is impeccably crafted – words, metaphors and rhythms are unfailingly world class – & that appeals to my value of high competency in all its manifestations. It’s why I love to watch and be dazzled by, for example, figureskaters. But more than anything, your work is so incredibly, bravely, honest – and nothing else is more valued by me. Sure you make me uncomfortable at times. My generation is not so openly intimate or profane, I don’t always get your humor, and I am ignorant of all things tarot, but I can tell you that you are among very few poets, classics included, that I am always eager to read. Your poetic voice is like none I’ve encountered, and it is captivating. Please find a publisher. As to my poem Quiddity, I think my disability has internalized my life – my mind is the most of me and I’ve learned to both live with that and to like what I find in there. See you on the reader – Paul

    1. Paul,

      I cannot tell you what this means to me. Thank you for taking the time to write these things, because they will forever inspire and encourage me. You always have done so, and I’m sure you always will, through both your comments and your poetry.

      I hope that my strange expressions on your comment walls don’t ever make you feel that I look at your poetry in a negative way, quite the opposite. I look at you with wonder and you make me honestly curious, and honestly question myself, which is something that I need desperately. You are a very honest writer as well, which is why we like each other and why we can read one another’s work at all in the first place.

      You caught me, as I am indeed both openly intimate and openly profane, although mostly to be drastic with my metaphors and make my point.

      I don’t know that publishers are printing much poetry these days…but I am planning to self-publish this summer, so that shall be a start. You are a big part of why I feel the courage and the compulsion to do so, and I could never thank you enough for that, along with all the rest. THANK YOU!

      I love easily, I admit it, but your poetry makes me love and care for you. I am glad we are WordPress friends!

  3. Hey Girl…I just started a guest post blog, all guest posts all the time and I thought of you! Would you be willing to let me post some of your awesome poetry? Linked back and with your name of course! Check it out here: I’m trying to create a community of awesome blog posts including poetry, fiction, etc. and I hope to help bloggers gain readers, and for readers to find amazing content. Let me know! Thanks!

  4. I saw you in Kelsey Lynore’s tarot film. I love her approach to tarot and I think she is amazing as a tarot reader. You both had great chemistry and I would like to thank you for doing this. Wishing you all the best in all your efforts!

  5. Having momentarily regained the power of speech, I’m just letting you know I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award. I hope you don’t think it’s too naff! But it’s the thought that counts, right?

      1. Oh, she’s an awesome poet indeed. I think there are people that are able to naturally describe situations that become immediately familiar to us. She strikes me as that … but I can’t imagine the pain she lived that brought her to the edge. Her words seem so telling in that piece of a loneliness.

        Regards your work, your ability to use imagery and historical or familiar reference really does emanate a certain ease with exploring the darker side of the human condition. I think that’s what Plath did, Dickinson did, and yes, Chopin most certainly did.

  6. Shrinks, I just wanted to let you know that I am just LOVING your blog. Your creativity ravishes the page. If you ever publish a book, I want to buy 15 copies for myself and friends. Just gorgeous writing, so visceral. Love it.

      1. Oops, I just posted on accident before I was done! I am quite honestly honored at the response my writing is getting, and am in the midst of self-publishing and figuring all that out, so perhaps by the summer I will have a book out.

  7. Hello, just curious was your comment about “Mirror, mirror” real or sarcastic. Just don’t know you well enough to ascertain. Either way, love your reading and will continue reading and supporting your originality.

Love you, too

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