Wednesday
Dec102014

Stitched at Valkarie Gallery

Altered book art by Valerie Savarie

Stitched

In a mystery
that threads

horizon to sky
river to ocean
bird to flight

a simple stitch
binds me
to you

with a filament
as ordinary
and grand

as earth to sun
love to life

- Drew Myron

 

I'm delighted to share this poem and join 2 artists and 10 writers taking part in  Ekphrastic: A Collaboration of Visual and Literary Art, showing at Valkarie Gallery in Lakewood, Colorado.

Ekphrastic: in which one medium of art tries to relate to another medium by defining and describing its essence and form, and in doing so, relate more directly to the audience, through its illuminative liveliness.

The exhibition is an inspired collaboration between artists and writers. Each writer was invited to submit a poem, which was then visually interpreted by the two artists.

Ekphrastic runs September 23 - October 18, 2015. Opening Reception is on Friday, September 25, 6 - 9pm, with a Poetry Reading on Saturday, October 10, 5 - 7pm.

Artists  |  Valerie Savarie & Sharon Eisley

Poets | Lincoln Carr    Bree Davies   Susan Froyd   Nicole Haag   Toni Lefton   Rob Lessig   Drew Myron   Kimberly O'connor    Rebecca Snow   Colleen Teitgen-Humphrey   Trinity

 

 

Wednesday
Dec102014

In October

 

In October

       “Month I became the thorn.”
                    —  Sandy Longhorn


Month I clung
to sun, to bird song,
to long shadows.

Month of first chill, fire
and furnace clatter.

Month of chanterelles
and decay, understory
and apples. Of early nights,
early dinner, deep sleep.
Month of soup, squash.

Month I begged
for more time, begrudged
socks, searched
mothy sweaters.

Month I reached  
for bread and blades,
cursed the metallic sky,
my small heart, slow limbs,
my inability to rise.

Of false frights and deep fears.
Of grip and wish. Month of
the first long prayers.

- Drew Myron

Published in Kestrel, Fall-Winter 2014

 

Monday
Sep232013

Poem Central: Word Journeys

Instructions, exactly

Take this medicine
on an empty stomach
preferably half to one hour
before breakfast. Take this

medicine with a full glass
of water. Take this medication
at least four hours before
taking antacids, iron

or vitamins
or minerals
or supplements.
Take or use this medicine

exactly as directed. Do not
skip doses or discontinue
unless directed by your
doctor. Take this

medicine exactly
as directed.
Do not skip
doses.

- Drew Myron


Instructions, Exactly is a found poem. A whole text, lifted from my medicine bottle and reformed — with line breaks providing places to pause — into art. I'm happy and honored to have this poem included in Poem Central: Word Journeys with Readers and Writers by Shirley McPhillips.

Packed with tips, techniques and practical tools, this handsome book is a focused and valuable resource for poets, teachers, and poets-in-the-making.

Divided into three parts — weaving poetry into lives and classrooms, reading poems, and writing poems — Poem Central gathers together a range of voices: professional poets, inspired teachers, known and unknown writers, artists, illustrators, musicians, editors, and students, who offer examples and samples of how poetry plays a part in their lives. This down-to-earth approach gives the book an encouraging and inclusive vibe.

Poem Central is truly a journey for, and with, readers and writers.

 

Sunday
Sep222013

Getting Lost

Getting Lost, a write-over poem I created for 2014 National Poetry Month, appeared in the Eugene Register Guard.

Many thanks to Brian Juenemann, of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, for using his column, The Local Shelf, to shine light on Oregon's literary landscape.

 

Tuesday
Aug272013

The Crafty Poet

The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop is an excellent and practical guide for practicing poets. This is a beyond-the-beginners book that skips fluff and cheering for hands-on writing prompts that get the mind working and the pen rolling.

It's a keeper! Buy it now!

Poet and author Diane Lockward has assembled a valuable resource. Featuring work from more than 100 poets, the book is packed with insider tips, techniques, interviews, and model poems from highly regarded poets, including more than a dozen poet laureates. Each model poem is followed by a prompt and two sample poems written to the prompt.

I'm delighted to have one of my poems included in the book:

And this is my loneliness:

coming home to cold rooms,
our unmade bed, piles of dirty clothes,
unopened bills, casseroles rotting with grief.

Nothing tastes. I eat crackers for dinner, and worry
about our girls who will stumble and grow old without
your patience, who will turn bitter with loss, and the baby
who will know only photos I show, each time saying
this is the man who tried to live longer just for you.

It’s still raining. We’re cold. The grass, even in winter,
is long and green, mocking our want. Every gray day,
every clear sky, every turn, everything
is reminder and wound.

There’s no room in this emptiness.
Our bed is vacant. I sleep on the floor, dreamless
with the memory of late nights cocooned in you.

 - Drew Myron