Sally at the Smorgasbord Magazine invited me over to share my latest book, The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival with her readers. I’m honored by her generous offer. Please head over to visit her and browse around the entertaining features on her blog.
It is my pleasure to share the news of the latest release by Miriam Hurdle… a memoir The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival. On preorder for August 26th.
About the book
In the summer of 2008, Miriam Hurdle was diagnosed with melanoma-an aggressive and invasive cancer in her internal organs. The survival rate before 2008 was low. Besides risking harsh treatments for a slim chance of survival, Miriam had hoops to jump through. By the time she received treatment at the beginning of 2009, her cancer had progressed from stage II to stage IV. It was a rough and uphill winding road. But alongside her was support and encouragement. Accompanied by the love of her family and community, this is Miriam’s journey of faith and miracle. It is a heartwarming story of resilience, courage, and the will to live.
I’m so thrilled that Liz Gauffreau, the poet, features me on her blog today. She did a fabulous and insightful review of my poetry collection, Songs of Heartstrings. She highlighted two of my poems and read one. Please head over to enjoy. While you’re there, check out her publications.
Reading Miriam Hurdle’s poetry collection, Songs ofHeartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude, I was immediately struck by the poems’ depth and breadth of reflection. The maturity of these contemplative poems brought to mind educational reformer John Dewey’s definition of reflective thinking as a meaning-making process by which individuals learn and society advances. This meaning-making process is very much in evidence throughout the collection–as is Hurdle’s strong religious faith.
The collection is organized into thematic sections, like suites of music. Taken together, they form the rich symphony of a life well-lived, including the inevitable discordant notes.
Hurdle employs of a range of forms in the collection, including free verse of varying lengths, acrostic, and prose poem, thereby demonstrating her sensitivity to the relationship between form and content. She chooses the form of poetic expression that will best communicate to readers…
It’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Dan Antion at No Facilities invited Robbie and me over as his guests. We’re having fun talking about poetry and things. Come on over to join our chat. I’ll see you there!
Today is a poetry day
I should open with a poem
But I got zip
Still, bonus points are on the line
Stream of Consciousness Saturday
Robbie and Miriam have poems
Not here - in the anthology
Me? Nada - zilch!
“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘zip, zero, zilch.’ Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Have fun!”
If you follow my blog, you know I like poetry and I appreciate the work of poets. I have always had an interest in poetry, but only through the friends I’ve made blogging have I gotten to know poets. I have said it numerous times, but poets are the true artists in the writing world. The make…
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.