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Not Writing A Book In My Head – Day 29

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s post (link below) gives the most poignant example of “keeping a stiff upper lip” as I’ve ever seen. Come up with words to describe the resolve it takes to accept things as they are and move on. Explore the meanings of resignation. What part does your faith play in overcoming adversity?  Write about courage. Write about cowardice. Explore both sides of the issue – the attacker, the attacked.  National Poetry Month is drawing to a close. Explore your writings this month and find the common thread, the links you discover as you expand your writing string. What twists and knots tangle you up?  What brews…ready to percolate ?

Writable About - from Elizabeth Gilbert Post on April 28, 2014.

Writable About – from Elizabeth Gilbert Post on April 28, 2014.


Not Writing a Book in my Head – Day 13

Capturing snippets of life is best done by using the senses to the greatest extent possible in the observation of ordinary life. The writable about writing prompts today are about an ordinary object – a sofa. How far does your imagination take you when you look at your current couch or remember past couches? Enjoy Avery’s vision and Heaney’s lilt to expand your world view.  National Poetry Month is almost half over. As you write today, think about your goals this month. How many pages did you want to write?  How many useable fragments have you gathered?  Are poems emerging?

Listen to Seamus Heaney read

Writable About - the Couch - a look--a listen.

Writable About – the Couch – a look–a listen.

At the Heart of the Matter…

A note from Taylor: 

Poetry inspiration comes from many sources–most often in matters of the heart.

I wish you a wonderful journey as you explore this and other maps at streetsofsalem’s blog.  I urge you to pick up pen and begin your handwritten, hand penned exploration.

May you discover along the way what poetry the maps hold as you find your way back to poetry, back to your heart.   🙂


Heart-shaped maps are one thing, but maps of the human heart are quite another, and I’ve got both on this Valentine’s Day.  The charting of emotional territory, as opposed to physical space, has resulted in the production of several interesting maps from the seventeenth century to the near-present.  Below are the companion Map of the Open Country of a Woman’s Heart and Map of the Fortified Country of a Man’s Heart, ostensibly and anonymously drawn “by a lady” and published by the Kellogg Brothers of Hartford, Connecticut in the 1830s.  These heart maps, along with lots of other examples of the Kellogg’s impressive lithography, can be viewed at the online gallery of the Connecticut Historical Society and Museum.

I’ve brightened and cropped both maps so that you can better see the different regions that make up these human hearts. It’s very interesting that the woman’s heart is an “open”…

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