Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer Plan(s)





Just checking in with a few things before I disappear for the summer.


1) Poet Postcard Posts: I have prescheduled some "poet postcards" throughout the summer, most will post Mondays, but some weeks there will be two.

Just realize they are prescheduled, so I'm not really here, which is to say please read thought #2.


2) Disconnecting:  Just so you know, if you leave a comment on my blog and I don't respond. Or if you write to me on Facebook & I don't respond. Or if you email me and you don't hear from me. 

It's because I'm disconnecting for a bit and absolutely nothing personal, just the time of year, I need to clear my head, reconnect with nature, and well, disconnect.


Someone asked me why I disconnect--


I think for me, sometimes the internet can almost rewire my brain in way that doesn't feel completely healthy. It makes a person (me!) think that there's emails to be answered. Facebook to be checked. It puts me on a response mode instead of an active-creating mode.

Summer is also my time to fill up and reconnect with the outdoors, with my more physical side--hiking, paddleboarding, mountain biking. As well as my intellectual side-- reading, reading, reading. 

The internet has a way of sucking me in. And while I've very productive, I need to retrain myself out of any bad habits so I can begin my writing/work year (which starts in September) fresh. 

Leaving my phone home, putting my email literally on Pause (by the way, if you have Gmail, this is something you can do and I HIGHLY recommend it! It's called InBox Pause and I SO recommend it if you are someone who checks email too much. You can schedule your email to come in at one or two (or more if needed) times a day, but until those times, you don't receive email--I sometimes do this during my work year) is my way of uncluttering my mind. 


I guess I also disconnect because I want to make sure I'm using my time well.  By June, I'm usually not as disciplined as I was in September.  I'll waste time on Facebook, and I know I need to walk away from the computer when I find myself on Pinterest!

So that is why I unplug in the summer.  To renew and rest and read...


3)  New Interview:  Here's an interview I did on my book, Hourglass Museum, along with a few other things including The Daily Poet and Two Sylvia Press's The Poet Tarot.

It will air in a month or two in the New England area on NPR.  


4)  Thank you: I just want to say thanks to anyone who reads my blog.  Blogs are not the thing anymore. Short form content like Twitter and Facebook has left what was once a neighborhood filled with interesting poets with empty houses.  I'm still around.  I always wonder when I'll leave, but I hang on, repaint my house and see what happens.

You don't have to be reading this, but you are.  So thank you.


I look forward to writing more interesting blog posts in the fall.

Enjoy the summer!  

And continue to write and create. It really does make the world a better place.


~ Kells
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tinderbox: A New Poetry Journal & Two New Poems & The Stories Behind Them:

Honored to be in the first issue of Tinderbox Poetry Journal!

Here are two new poems of mine out in the world:


1)  After the Death of a Friend, I Feel Enlightened for Approximately Three Days


****Since turning 42, the meaning of life year, I've lost two friends of mine from high school unexpected. They both died surprising deaths--one a heart attack, one told her children she was going to lie down for a nap and she never woke up.

When it happened, we were all shocked. I remember the big visual of LIFE IS TEMPORARY flashing through my brain. . .and yet. For three days, I felt connected to something larger, a reconnection to myself and the meaning that this is our life, right now, pay attention, don't waste it.  Then like most human beings, I forgot, got caught up in the hubbub of daily life.


I wrote this poem to remember these two women as well as to remind myself how I felt when they passed and to work on being in the moment, loving life, and not focusing on the small problems we all have. (I'm still working on it.)



2)  Self Portrait with Imaginary Brother


This poem is an ekphrastic after this painting by William de Kooning of the same name.

I have four older sisters and many girlfriends, but I have always had a lot of guy friends (especially during my tomboy years) as I have always found that I appreciate my male friends (many who are like brothers to me) because I enjoy talking to them and hearing their opinions and views on things. 


In this poem, I imagine having a brother, and in a certain respect, the "brother" in the poem also feels like God to me.



~


So now you know the story behind the poems...

~ Kells
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Postcard from Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes, photographed by Gordon Parks (1941)

Dream Variations

Langston Hughes1902 - 1967
To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
    Dark like me—
That is my dream!

To fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance!  Whirl!  Whirl!
Till the quick day is done.
Rest at pale evening . . .
A tall, slim tree . . .
Night coming tenderly
Black like me.

From The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1994.

From Poets.org  Go here for more Langston Hughes poems and information.

~ Kells
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Confession Saturday: Summer is on Deck Edition



My part of the world...


Dear Reader, 

I am late since my last confession, and late all around in regards to this blog.  What can I say?  Life has wrapped its vines around my wrists or better-- my attention.

When summer comes, I tend to disappear from the online world.



One interesting thing for me this year, this summer, is that Two Sylvias Press is officially a *thing*-- a business, a small press, a passion.

Because of that, I will be reading submissions to our chapbook contest all summer and honestly, I can't wait to do this.  (By the way, if you have a poetry chapbook and want to submit to our Two Sylvias Press chapbook contest
the deadline is next Monday, June 16.  Here's the link to the info.)

Our judge is the amazing Aimee Nezhukumatathil (she's be choosing the final winner) and we are honored to have Aimee judge our first ever chapbook prize. That support means so much to us.

~
I confess with Two Sylvias Press, my book coming out, and just my personal life in general, my blog has fallen to the sidelines.  

I know it still has readers, so I keep it going (and also, I like having a blog as I feel it gives me a quick connection to other readers and writers), but I also feel bad when I neglect it. So, while there may not be many of you, I know there are some dedicated readers, and if you've missed my posts this year, apologies.  


I do hope to be better (especially in the fall) and I do hope to schedule a few "postcard" blog posts throughout the summer.

Also, if you do want to stay connected, I bounce around to these places with absolutely no sense of when or why, but if you're on any of these and want to connect, please feel free--

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kellia  (friend me here)
                     https://www.facebook.com/agodon (follow my author page here)

Twitter:  @kelliagodon

Instagram: http://instagram.com/agodon (I made my account public again)

Tumblr: http://kelliagodon.tumblr.com/  I rarely use this, but there you are.



~

I confess this spring I have been writing a lot.  Well, actually since October.  I've found the less time I have, the more I want to write.

I truly having too much time can be a negative for creativity.

There is something about knowing you have X hours to work on your art that makes you either let go, stop censoring yourself, or just create with a passion that may not happen without time boundaries.


This is how it works for me.  The less time I have, the more I want to write.

And if people want to control my time, I get cranky and write even more.

~

So, there's my quick update!  I'll be back online in September...


Happy three months of deconnecting!

Amen.



~ Kells
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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Confession Tuesday: The Catching Up Edition



Dear Reader,

It's been way to long since my last confession or even my last blog post, but I've been working, editing, and writing a lot.



I confess I have many new poems, but need more time and space to sort through them.

I have many things I want to do with my next manuscript, but need the headspace to see the full vision. Sometimes that comes in summer.  Sometimes that comes in fall when I leave normal life for a writing residency...which I am doing this year.


~


I confess I ate cake for breakfast yesterday. Citrus Sunshine, which is lemon cake with orange buttercream frosting.


I confess I don't feel bad about it.  In fact, I feel as if I live in a magical world that sells Citrus Sunshine.


~


I confess many things have been pulling me in lately.


I am distracted by birds, by seals, by the outdoor world and all its inhabitants.

I am distracted by the shapes of clouds, the color of the sunset and how light is happening earlier and the world is sunnier.

And art.



And when I think I can't find something else to fall in love with, I do.



And here's another thing that pulled me in--



It's a video by Doug Gautraud. You can vote for it here.  I'm assuming it's based on biography, but I haven't been able to be sure.  But he seems trustworthy, and I believe the Truth (with a capital T) behind the story, authenticity, and giving instead of getting.

It's less than 5 minutes and will add a spot of beauty to your day.

Ride on...









Amen.



 ~ Kells




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