Monday, May 21, 2012

Salamander Cove May 2012 Issue


May 2012 Issue

Nine Featured Poets
Six Artists 
14 Poems, 1 Photo, 6 Works of Art
      POEMS                                     Contributors
               "Dinner"                                                                                        Patrick Lane 
                     "Initials"                                                                              Andreas Gripp 
                          Untitled                                                           Nguyen Quoc Chanh  
                              "Bonsai"                                                                          Patrick Lane  
                                "Dove Tale"                                                                April Bulmer 
                           "Indiscretion"                                                                   Ewa Lipska                   
                       "Poets Talking"                                                                   Patrick Lane 
               "Anniversary Day"                                                               Ed Markowski
          "Drzazga"/ A Splinter"                                                                      Ewa Lipska  
        "Eating Fried Chicken"                                                                         Linh Dinh
   "Translators of Baudelaire"                                                                    Will Stone
  2 untitled monostich poems                                                         Grant Hackett
"Church of the New Covenant"                                                       Ed Markowski 
Three Hands                                                                         Art Durkee      
"Hugin-Mugin"                                                                 Rudhi Rüscher   
      "Blue Horse"                                                                   Kiki Thome 
              "Eleanor"                                                              Lynne Hoppe
                       "Traces"                                                   Bridgette Mart  
                          "Witch Tree"                                                Art Durkee
                                 "Profil inquiete"                    Jean-Michel Ripaud



New Feature:

The June 2012 Issue of Salamander Cove will
feature some selected poems of one past contributor.
[This is an experiment, for possible repetition, twice yearly, 
showcasing selected poems from a past, present or future contributor.]

Friday, May 18, 2012


Testing the batteries in my digital camera yesterday -

What is this?

It could be

 a white Paint-Blotch Bird, soaring -
a ghostlike figure, wand raised, instructing the leaf -
a half-moon with large nose, sneezing  -
two images adrift on an iron lid -
anything you want it to be.

 [It's actually the bottom of a black plastic rain barrel, in whose water you can see a patch of blue sky over part of the shed roof.]

Some other snapshots from out in the back yard:

In the spice garden -
lemon balm.
The tea kettle whistles.

where the lilac tree once stood -
new life

Dainty blues.
Always the first to show up,
first to leave.

Color spread, spreading

Blues and yellows: hilltop neighbors

Our garden Buddha

Rocks assembling for border duty in the flower garden ::
 no pebble refused.


Cedar tree, momentarily birdless 

One-armed Buddha
needed in the veggie plot

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday Laundry

                                                       Nose buried in a wind-dried towel -
                                                       you can’t chemicalize this scent.
                                                       Sun’s fading, the inside pockets
                                                       of his jeans still damp, as pink &
                                                       green plastic clothespins tumble
                                                       from the basket, a sock
                                                       goes missing


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bein' Alive

"Stayin' Alive" - this 1977 disco hit by the BeeGees has 103 beats per minute, a perfect number to maintain — and retain — the best rhythm for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.

A small study by University of Illinois College of Medicine researchers in Peoria has found that . . .  medical students who listened to this tune while practicing CPR not only performed perfectly, they remembered the technique five weeks later. [Source]

The thing professional dancer Rita Hayworth (in the first video) and these young ladies dancing out in front of a basketball hoop have in common is -- they all look like they're having fun.

Bein' and stayin' alive takes work (getting motivated to exercise regularly, for example).  Sometimes changing the tune makes all the difference.  

Works for me, anyhow.  :)   (I love those scenes where Rita Hayworth just throws her head back and erupts in spontaneous laughter--without missing a single beat.  You forget you're actually watching a dance performance. The joy is positively infectious.  In the second video as well.  What an instant physical and mental picker-upper!  Thanks to my sister for sharing the first video.