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It’s funny the way we remember things. I have clear childhood memories of reading Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and of being creeped out by the story. My parents are pretty sure we didn’t have the book when I was small. Some people share my memories of discomfort, while others remember the tale fondly, even consider it a favorite of their childhood. We each get to remember things the way we remember them, I suppose. We’re having a fun discussion over at Tweetspeak about the 14 Reasons the Tale of Peter Rabbit Should Be Banned. Come weigh in.
9. Beatrix Potter is a villain from the wizarding world
Beatrix sounds suspiciously like Bellatrix. And her last name is Potter. I think it’s pretty clear who we’re dealing with here, and it’s more than a little Lestrange.
Sandra Heska King invited me to share my poetry story on her blog this week as part of her ongoing study of Dave Harrity’s Making Manifest. You can stop over and find out why I was late to poetry, and why I was a wee bit angry about that.
[The words of the poem] made sense to me. In fact, they made sense of me. It sounds more dramatic than necessary to say that they were the first words I’d read that ever fully made sense. But it may be the truth.
We all know the kitchen is not my best room. Even so, I find baking bread to be a contemplative time, even sacramental (with a small ‘s’). And yes, I find poetry in it. The poetry of images, of visual action–the poetry that happens before there are words. You might enjoy my Poetry at Work piece on Baking Bread.
About every third time I bake bread the yeast balks at my sense of what is warm enough but not too warm and instead of taking breaststroke laps around the bowl before shooting triumphantly to the surface, the particles clump together in a huddled mass, refusing even to dunk their heads like a class of beginning swimmers.
And finally, I’m happy to report we’re coming up on this year’s Take Your Poet to Work Day event. We have a new lineup of poets to add to last year’s collection and I’ll begin releasing them at Tweetspeak every Wednesday between now and July 16. Check it out and get a look at the 2014 Take Your Poet to Work Day Infographic featuring all of the new poets.