Oct
23

Laura Rodley “Finally Home”

Finally Home

She hangs straight down
feelers embedded in the
comfrey’s pale purple cup
sipping on summer nectar
as through returning to the cocoon
from which she emerged
at early fall’s late dawn,
wings flat as though
still drying, perfect
in symmetry and comfort
to the eye.
There too, her partner in nectar,
the hummingbird dips
her long tongue into comfrey’s
bells, silent clappers,
and into the mouth of jewelweed,
nature’s own uncultured orchid,
orange, bountiful, pulled up
by others as weeds
along with milkweed.
The monarch releases
her legs and tongue,
takes a bow below the comfrey’s
pale purple bells,
zings through air
first dampened by
the hummingbird’s wings,
her ceaseless stirring.

© Laura Rodley, 2017

© Laura Rodley, 2017

© Laura Rodley, 2017

© Laura Rodley, 2017

© Laura Rodley, 2017

Thank-you Laura Rodley for sharing your work!

A generous and frequent contributor here, Laura Rodley writes for Country Folks about “Farmer Purdy,” the anuual Franklin County 4-H Fair, and other wonderful subjects.

She has two books of poetry forthcoming: Counter Point (Prolific Press) and Turn Left at Normal (BIG TABLE Publishing).

Two chapbooks by Laura have been published by Finishing Line Press.

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Oct
16

Open House Chicago and a sweet steak side trip

Saturday it poured on and off all day, but we didn’t let that stop is from enjoying Open House Chicago, which is put on by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. We also made a side trip to Taurus Flavors, a restaurant that features the sweet steak sandwich touted by Ernest Wilkins in his article “The sweet steak sandwich should be a Chicago food icon”  in the Chicago Reader.

Here was our itinerary.

First stop was Aloft Circus Lofts. Second stop was Old Chicago Inn, featuring Room 13.

Then we took our side trip and had a sweet steak sandwich at Taurus Flavors (it was tasty) before we visited Stony Island Arts Bank.

From there we went to Decorators Supply Corporation. Then we visited Ling Shen Ching Tze Buddhist Temple.

Our last stop was for coffee, snacks, and a tour of Fieldhouse Jones.

I’m already thinking about Open Chicago 2018.

Peace, love, and solace

 

Aloft © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Aloft © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Trapeze © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Trapeze © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Speakeasy © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Speakeasy © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Dropping a dime © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Dropping a dime © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Love your brothers and sisters © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Love your brothers and sisters © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Stony Island Arts ceiling © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Stony Island Arts ceiling © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

The old vault © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

The old vault © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Just some of the books © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Just some of the books © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Decorate © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Decorate © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Decorator's supply © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Decorator’s supply © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Assortment © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

 

Moulding © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Moulding © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

At the temple © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

At the temple © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Golden lives © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Golden lives © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

At the temple too © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

At the temple too © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Deep in the fieldhouse © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Deep in the fieldhouse © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Wall art at the fliedhouse © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Wall art at the fliedhouse © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Oct
12

News and calls for submissions

Crying © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Crying © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Oy. What to say?

I’m still thinking about the slaughter in Las Vegas. And our country’s lack of response to gun violence. One thing I plan to do is continue to support the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Now for news.

First off, I want to express my sadness at learning Susan Elbe passed away. We both had work in Kiss Me Goodnight so I met her that way, but I was also her FB friend and I enjoyed her posts and poems. An obituary is linked here.

Also, I want to extend condolences to  Susan K. Perry whose husband Steven Perry died. Susan K. Perry, who is the author of six books and also writes for Psychology Today, was kind enough to write a blurb for Solace in So Many Words. Steven Perry was a poet in California and mentor to SISMW contributors Lisa Liken and Patti Wahlberg. You can learn more about Steven and Susan K. Perry at their site.

I received an email from Patti Wahlberg recently. She is studying writing at Goddard and is on the staff of Duende, the literary magazine there. And there’s a call for submissions.

Duende, the national literary journal produced by the students in the BFA program at Goddard College, will begin reading submissions for their sixth full issue on October 15 (until November 30, 2017). Work sent will be considered for either the issue or for the Monthly Spotlight features. For more info, here’s the link.  BTW, Patti has a book review in the September issue.-1

Also, I heard from SISMW contributor Kerry Langan and there are two calls for submissions at Wising Up Press. Both are for anthologies. One is Surprised by Joy (deadline February 2018) and the other is Crossing Class: The Invisible Wall (deadline March 2018). Here is the link.

book_27SISMW contributor Jan Bottiglieri has a poem “Rachel; Voight-Kampff Test,” which is inspired by Blade Runner up at Atticus Review; here is the link.

SISMW contributor Ellen Bass has a poem “Indigo” in the latest issue of The New Yorker. Read it here.

SISMW contributor T. C. Boyle has a new book of short stories; it is his twelfth collection and titled The Relive Box and Other Stories.

And I have two poems, “How the Egg Came to be Eaten” and “Diaphony” (both myths I made up) in the October issue of Prachya Review, a literary journal out of Bangladesh—here is the link. NatashaSarkar_1_FemaleGaze-1-610x801

One more thing, Pithead Chapel is having a fiction contest; deadline is coming up. Here is the link.

This weekend is my favorite of the year–it’s Open House Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. If you are here in Chi, don’t miss this fun event; details are here.

Peace, love, and solace

Sep
22

Before the leaves fall

IMG_1256Before the leaves change color and fall, I wanted to share these photos of trees.

As for writing, there are two open calls for submission that might interest you. And, like the foliage, these open calls end very soon.

First, Electric Literature; details here.

And, Tin House; details here.

Also, if you are looking for more submission info, consider visiting Aerogramme Writers’ Studio. It’s a great source of information.

 Peace, love, and solace

Don’t leave me © Ellen Wade Beals, 2014

Don’t leave me © Ellen Wade Beals, 2014

Glory © Ellen Wade Beals, 2015

Glory © Ellen Wade Beals, 2015

Perfect light © Ellen Wade Beals, 2015

Perfect light © Ellen Wade Beals, 2015

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