Posted January 26, 2015.


January 26, 2015, 6:31 pm
I wanted to let you know that one of my poems is featured today, January 17, at the Rattle website. It was selected as the Artist’s Choice Winner in Rattle’s recent Ekphrasis Challenge #2. Entrants were asked to write a poem in response to a photograph by James Bernal. In addition to the poem and photograph, you will find commentary there by the photographer, as well as an audio track that will allow you to listen to me performing the poem (click on the arrow in the gray box above my name). You’ll find Rattle here:

If you come to this letter late, you can still find and read the poem. Rattle features a new poem daily, so you can just scroll back to January 17 by clicking on “older poems” at the bottom of the page, or by entering “Clean White Sheets” or “Ekphrasis Challenge #2” into the search box at the top of the screen.

It is raining here this morning in Portland. It also rained on the day I married my late husband in Tahiti, who is the subject of the poem. However, unlike here in the U.S. where people hope and pray it doesn’t rain on their wedding, the Tahitians consider rain on that day to be a symbol of good luck. As for me, the rain today is a sign that I’m still being watched over and that my work is appreciated.

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