Welcome to the launch tour for Poetry Treasure 2: Relationships. It’s my privilege to have Lynda McKinney Lambert as my guest today. She is a contributing author to this anthology. I’ll invite her to tell you about her poems.
Please follow the tour and leave a comment at each stop to be entered in a random drawing for a chance to win a free digital copy of Poetry Treasure 2: Relationships. The tour schedule is at the end of this post.
Here is Lynda:
Walking by Inner Vision with Lynda McKinney Lambert
A BOOK LAUNCH and Blog Tour
of Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships (Anthology)
New From WordCrafter
Edited and compiled by Robbie Cheadle and Kaye Lynn Booth
Four of my personal favorite poems appear in this new collection created by Robbie Cheadle and Kaye Lynne Booth.
As a visual artist, I bring the unique skills of conceptual art into my literary creations. Spare poems and thoughtful personal essays are my passion. My materials are gathered from memories, journal entries, cultural artifacts, found objects, and communications.
I write poems in response to particular situations and deeply individual private encounters. Some are chance meetings, and others are gleaned from e-mails I receive or memories from my childhood or family life. My poems bring the reader into a private space where they may observe intimate relationships through all of their senses.
Below: I share the inspiration and thought I had when writing the four poems I chose for this new Anthology with the theme of Relationships.
_A Togetherness Poem_ This poem covers the space of an entire day as I ask my husband to write a poem with me in the early morning. The result of my request develops through dialogue and musings about writing poetry with my husband. I selected this poem to share a relationship I have with my husband. On April 14, we were married sixty-one years.
_Afternoon Embroidery Lesson_
The poem peers into an afternoon activity. The setting is my grandmother’s kitchen, where I am a young girl who is stitching the future. As in most of my poems, there is a view into the thoughts and dreams of an individual. Often, there is a feeling that more than one person is speaking in the poem.
_Primavera: When Spring Break is Over_
I wrote this poem from journal entries and memories from my first trip to Puerto Rico. My colleagues and I developed a spring semester course, Puerto Rico Culture,” where we traveled with our students for 10 days each year in Puerto Rico. In this poem, I write of our experiences collectively and individually. This poem embraces imagery and people on vacation in Puerto Rico.
I began writing a series of “found poems” during the past couple of years.” I call this series,
Thinking of You
Each poem was created from actual correspondence I received via e-mail messages or snail mail correspondence Often the poem includes parts of the 2-way communication we share via the mail.
Lynda, a retired professor of fine arts and humanities, Geneva College in Pennsylvania, authored 5 published books that focus on spare poems and thoughtful personal essays. Lynda lives with her husband Bob, their 2 dogs, and 6 cats – all rescued. Lynda’s love of nature, fine art, and history provide her dominant themes.
This wonderfully unique collection of poetry features works by Robbie Cheadle and her poetic guests from the 2021 “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on Writing to be Read, and it really is a treasure chest filled with poetic gems. There is a fantastic eight-day tour planned for you to learn more about this poetry anthology. Please join us through each tour stop.
Day 1: Opening Day with Kaye Lynne Booth at Writing to be Readwith a guest post from contributing author Lauren Scott.
Day 2: D. Slayton Avery atShiftnShake with a guest post from blog series host, contributing author, and editor Robbie Cheadle.
Day 3: Miriam Hurdle at The Showers of Blessings will host a guest post from contributing author Lynda McKinney Lambert.
Day 4: Lauren Scott atBay Dreamer Writes will host a guest post from contributing author Miriam Hurdle.
Day 5: Victoria Zigler at Zigler’s News will bring us a guest post from contributing author M.J. Mallon and a review by Victoria Zigler.
Day 6: The publisher, Kaye Lynne Booth, will be in the interview spotlight with James J. Cudney over at This Is My Truth Now.
Day 7: Robbie Cheadle atRobbie’s Inspiration hosts a guest post from contributing author Colleen M. Chesebro.
Day 8: Kaye Lynne Booth at Writing to be Read will wrap things up with a guest post from contributing author Leon Stevens.
April 22 is Earth Day. Clive has a post recounting the history of Earth Day. The Earth Day 2022 Theme is Invest In Our Planet – Earthday.org. Please drop by to learn more about this important message.
“This is the moment to change it all — the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, our livelihoods… together, wemust Invest In Our Planet.
Because a green future is a prosperous future.” – Earthday.org
A tree was beaten
but not dead.
Branches were twisted
There was no sign of
life in the cracked trunk.
The hopes of survival were
close to none.
No struggle or complaint
in the silent moments.
crawled deep into the soil,
the smell of moisture.
Answered the call of the faint rhythm,
the wimpy limbs extended.
Greeted by the welcoming warmth
The innate yearning for being alive
followed the sun,
reaching toward the sky.
The tree in the above image inspired me to write this poem as part of the collection in my book, Songs of heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude. – Amazon
The Alouette, created by Jan Turner, consists of two or more stanzas of 6 lines each, (12 lines or more) with the following set rules: Syllabic: 5/5/7/5/5/7, Rhyme Scheme: aabccb.
The form name is a French word meaning ‘skylark’ or larks that fly high, the association to the lark’s song being appropriate for the musical quality of this form. The word ‘alouette’ can also mean a children’s song (usually sung in a group), and although this poetry form is not necessarily for children’s poetry (but can be applied that way), it is reminiscent of that style of short lines.