Archive for the ‘poetry’ Category

I Love It When They Love My Poetry!

August 30, 2016

Thank you Claralee, Carl, Tamara, Ginger, Lainie, Melanie, Betty, Rita, Elena, Edgar, Craig, Becca, Cathy, Cindy, Louise, Michelle, Allen, Peggy, Betsy, Carol, Beth, M.J., Mary, Felipe, Bertha, R. L., Jane, Greg, Gayle, Tatyana, Franklin, Pat, Sheila for making my day!

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Poems of a Lifetime

May 19, 2016

It was that time again. My two year renewal for my website at GoDaddy. Am I the only one who hates their software? It’s not user friendly. It takes forever to accomplish the simplest of changes. But I have prevailed. I have updated my website and renewed for another two years. Wow. And it only took the better part of two days of my life. I got off easy.

So here it is–my new and improved website. Yes, it is not great, but it is a lot better than it was two years ago when I started it. And yes, I do want to know about errors, omissions and things that don’t make sense. I would not be offended but actually grateful to hear about them.

You know I would really rather be writing . .

 

Ms. Dale’s Website

 

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Hummingbird Takes Flight at Makawao Library

April 16, 2016

Next Wednesday, April 20th I’ll be reading from my newly released poetry collection Jarring a Tiny Bird at the library in Makawao (Upcountry Maui).

Jarring A Tiny Bird

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April Celebration

April 5, 2016

You knew it was coming. April is National Poetry Month. Here is my contribution to the glory of expressing life through words:

If February celebrates lasting love, April can lament love slipping away. . . drop by drop.

DRUNK IN THE AFTERNOON

the hole in my heart

like cork pulled from a bottle

a glass tunnel to wine once within

sides so smooth

never together to knit

 never to meet

everything

once inside

gone

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How Many Poems Make a Lifetime?

March 30, 2016

When my first poem was published years ago I embarked on the dream of compiling a weighty tome of poetry by the time I approached senility.  I planned to submit my little lyric masterpieces one by one to eager editors who would scatter my bylines hither and yon in their magazines, newspapers and anthologies.  Only after hundreds had been published individually this way would I gather them all up into a collection of my life’s work, a legacy that I could be proud of.

Life happens, of course.  Submitting one poem at a time became tedious, labor-intensive.  The competition was tough.  The  monetary reward non-existent.  I moved on to prose projects.  Poetry became my secret joy, for my eyes only. When life beat me up, I wrote sharp daggers to fight back.  When bliss came I let some of it spill over onto a page. I love these pieces.  They are my children.  I made them and they comfort me now in my maturing years.

My poetry collection is all but ready for publication. I have sloshed through the formatting. I have the cover. I’m getting final input from a favorite friend here and there. I can boast on my list of acknowledgements that eight of them have already been in print elsewhere. So how many poems make a lifetime?  Let’s say I have about 40 to share.

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A New Poetry Cover

March 3, 2016

Since I’ve given myself the whole year of 2016 to publish my collection of poems, I have played with options every step of the way.  I’ve completely rearranged the order which led to a new title and cover.  I have a recurring hummingbird theme in my verse so this seemed appropriate.

 

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Words Mist the Air

January 29, 2016

The little room at Dog-Eared Pages Bookstore was packed last night. A space full of visual art and vibrant words. I read three poems from Porcelain with an intro about Cinthia Albers the creator of the verses and soon-to-be bride. It was a great evening.

Poetry In the Night

January 21, 2016

Want to hear me read poetry? Next Thursday Jan 28th at Dog-Eared Pages Bookstore is Open Mic Night.  I’m taking two poetry collections written by Hawaiian poets. Porcelain by Cinthia I Albers and Equitude by Maui Muses which includes three of my poems.

Starts at 5 PM at 16428 N 32nd, Suite 111, Phoenix. Be there.

Palm Tree Verses Whisk You Away

December 29, 2015

Got my copy of “Maui Muses” and it’s great. I am honored to be included in this Maui Live Poet Society collection, a few easy clicks away on Amazon. Check out pages 108 to 111 for my three poems:

“Here To Dance”

“Thirty Years Too Late For the Party”

“Picked From Air”

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Maui Muses Vol 4

Maui-Inspired Poetry

September 19, 2015

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I wrote a lot of poetry during the years that I was a caregiver. It was a way of expressing emotions too deep to reach my lips or my voice. My newer poems, however, are verses that I shout out loud at gatherings in Lahaina, Wailuku and most recently Makawao.

The Maui Live Poet Society is putting together an anthology. Some of my poems, I hope, will be dancing their way through those pages. In the mean time, I will be sharing those Hawaiian-inspired poems with my creative friends back in Arizona soon.Kihei sunset 2015