Hi everyone! I am pleased to introduce our first guest blogger for today’s Poetics.
Hang on to your hats – it is the windy month of March.
Good afternoon, Poets, I am Kathleen Everett, guest pubtender from thecourseofourseasons.com and we are going to go out and feel the wind on our faces today for Poetics. One of the first names I learned for the wind was the blue northers of my West Texas childhood. You could see the deep navy blue clouds bearing down on the flat, wide open plains. Cold north winds would kick up sand then bring hard rain. The temperature could drop sometimes 40 degrees in a matter of minutes. It was exciting and scary and beautiful. There are many names for winds: squalls and gales, breezes and zephyrs. And many countries and regions have their own names for the wind: the mistrals of France, chinooks in Colorado, North Africa’s sirocco and haboobs of the Mideast. And, of course, the wind can be found as a presence or character in many poems.
by Archie Randoph Ammons
The reeds give way to the wind
and give the wind away.
Who Has Seen the Wind?
by Christina Georgina Rosset
Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you.But when the leaves hang trembly
The wind is passing through.
a wind has blown the rain away
and blown by E E Cummings
… (and what have you to say,
wind wind wind –did you love somebody
and have you the petal of somewhere in your heart
pinched from dumb summer?…
So today, let’s feel the wind in our hair and let it move through our writing. Use the wind as a character or presence. Tell us how the wind feels on your skin or your personal name for the wind or let it affect the action in your poem.
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About our guest blogger:
Kathleen Gresham Everett is a writer and poet living in the Missouri Ozarks with her husband, a landscape designer.Her first book of poetry was published in 2010, ‘The Course of Our Seasons’. Several of her poems were included in ‘The dVerse Anthology, Voices of Contemporary World Poetry’ edited by Frank Watson and published by Plum White Press, 2013.Everett writes on her blog, thecourseofourseasons.com and can be found on Twitter @eeverettpoetry. She is currently editing her memoir ‘The Last Really Good Shack’ and working on a second book of poetry.