Today, I have the pleasure of being featured on Penny Parker Klostermann's blog in her fabulous series "A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt." I have written an ekphrastic poem, "The Storm Queen," in response to an abstract painting of my husband's, Malcolm Deeley. Many thanks to Penny, friend and former crit partner in The Poet's Garage, for hosting us today! The post looks wonderful. Also, a shout out to my husband, Mal, who is not only a talented artist, but a poet, author, photographer, and the love of my life! Check out his books of poetry on Amazon!
Happy Summer! We have been lucky to see several Roseate Spoonbills this year! I love the spoonbills because of their beautiful pink color and their unusual bills. Photographing them is difficult, however, because the ones we've seen were busy feeding, swishing their bills around in the water very quickly. As a consequence, all of our photographs turned out blurry. I don't mind, though, because this frustration sparked a poem, a limerick.
The Roseate Spoonbill
Her bill is a long slotted spoon.
She dips it down in the lagoon.
With hoovering swishes,
she captures small fishes--
in the pink on a June afternoon.
© B.J. Lee 2017
Thanks to Heidi for hosting!
What a joy to be part of Irene Latham's Progressive Poem! It's been a blast watching this poem grow from blog to blog and I'm thankful to Irene for coordinating this effort each year! I wanted to be somewhere in the middle – not responsible for a beginning or ending. S4’s exhortation to "find the book," was just up my street! S5 included a brief departure from the mission as our protagonist couldn't resist the temptation to spout a few words while on stage - so true to her nature! (Yes, I think the protagonist is a she although I know some of you feel she is a he!) Pat, on S5L3, took up the quest once again but added another twist - apparently the book quest is part of a prophecy! Just wow! With this whole "find the book" couched in a prophecy plot twist, I feel like this poem could easily go another month! But I'll play along. I'll take the plunge. In fact, I'll dive in headfirst:
I’m fidget, friction, ragged edges--
I am a poet who writes for children and sometimes for adults. I live in Florida with my husband, speculative poet, Malcolm Deeley, and our toy poodle Bijoux. I have over 90 poems published or forthcoming in major anthologies and magazines, including "The Journal of Children's Literature". In 2014, I reached the Final Four in the March Madness Poetry Contest. I'm a member of The Poets' Garage and The SCBWI.
Includes my poem "Skateboard Girl"
Includes my poem "The Red Crabs of Christmas Island"
Coming in 2018 The United States of Poetry (National Geographic; edited by J. Patrick Lewis.)
Will include my poem, "Groundhognostication"
Includes my story, "Alice and Snowball"
Includes my poem, "High Dive"
Includes my nominated poem, "Dream Train"
Includes my nominated poem, "The Tortoise's Encounter"
Includes my nominated poem, "The Legend of the Flying Dutchman"
Includes my poem, "A Streetcar Named Happily Ever After"