Work in Progress – Shared Thoughts

If this is not your first visit to this blog, you know by now that the project I am working on is a creative writing project: poetry that revolves around the duality of fear and fascination with the monster in the folklore of different cultures. Just as each person has his own fears and anxieties, each culture has his own monsters. With every individual who calls Canada home, new monsters are added to our domestic pool of Read More

Can You Hear Me Now?

It has been a few days since I started to watch reviews for microphones and recorders for broadcasting. I can get a reliable and well-performing microphone for about 300 Canadian dollars. I’ve been looking at the Rode NT1 Condenser Microphone Cardioid. My Canon DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone for the video recording does a good job if the subject is 20 feet away. Not at all suitable for my purpose. I’m also looking at a Zoom H6 Handy Recorder Read More

Built of Scraps

  I’ve been thinking about the subject I picked for my poetry book: fantastical dark creatures from the folklore of various cultures. Where did it come from? What sparked this idea to study the duality of fear of and fascination with the undead? A part of the answer lies somewhere in the past, in my early childhood when, nightly, mom would put me to sleep with whispers about the wolves waiting outside the window, below the windowsill. Whispers of Bow-Bow, Read More

Agora Journals

Learning from the masters of the blogging world, I’ve been trying to develop some of my posts in drafts, “backstage”. The post that was supposed to be about the Agora Journals launching party never happened. Due to a mix-up, I never made it to the party. I wanted to write about the feeling one gets seeing his work (part of it) published. Party or no party, the feeling is still there. There is pride and pleasure but also a bit of guilt as if they have been Read More

Journeys of Hope

It started in the late spring with Central Alberta Refugee Efforts’ call for artists to put together a show. But even this beginning was only the surface, the visible tip of the iceberg. The story started long before that. Those familiar with CARE knew that it was Jan Underwood’s dream to put together some kind of production in which to tell the story of a handful of immigrants through visual art, dance, music, and poetry. She told Read More

The Price of Our Time

  Of all kinds of blogs, I started a blog about poetry writing. Why on earth? There are not as many stories to tell about writing each week as I initially believed. Life is rich in many things, but poetry is not always one of them. A weekly account of what or how much I wrote would be dull and repetitive and so would be a never-ending rant about the lack of inspired moments or about the natural tendency to procrastinate Read More

Rusalka

      Although the exam material that needs to be studied has piled up to the ceiling, I have to write my poems too. Going for inspiration in music. I want to write about Rusalka. Beautiful and seductive female creature, Rusalka is the spirit of a drowned girl. Sometimes red-headed, dressed in white, they appear near water and lure the men to their doom. To read more about the Rusalka, you can also visit this blog. Yet, Dvorak’s music does not inspire me for my Read More

The Road of Good Intentions (A Personal Essay in Two Parts)

The human infant cannot survive without the care and attention of another loving and (preferable) older human. I admit that the word loving can be substituted here by caring without crucial alterations in the infant’s life. Yet, sliding too low on the caring scale holds concealed dangers. Drawing upon scientifically conducted studies on children of diverse backgrounds as well as researches done on feral children, children writer Jane Yolen says in her book Touch Magic that “the Read More

Let the Muses in

Writing a book is all about writing and this is exactly what I am NOT doing. I can find excuses for every day I don’t write but how will that help? The book needs pages and pages of nothing but the best work. In order to pick my best, I have to write a lot and then chose. I can’t chose even the lousiest work if I don’t write a thing. Assignments? Yes. I knew before I wrote the proposal that I’ll have Read More

Romancing the Word – Book Review

Title: Poemcrazy – Freeing Your Life with Words Author: Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge Genre: The Art and Craft of Poetry Publisher: Three Rivers Press (Random House) Release Date: 1997 (first paperback edition) Format: Paperback 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches Pages: 210 pages Romancing the Word As a beginner in poetry writing, I crave reading all the material that might facilitate a look into the poetry making process of other poets, or teach me any new trick that Read More