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Blog Hop, Baby, Blog Hop!

Out of the blue a couple weeks ago I get this random, “Hey, ya wanna write something” message from a guy named Robert Rife out in the Pacific Northwest somewhere. And I think, “He must not know me.” I mean, seriously: Do I want to write something? Would a kitten like a ball of yarn?…

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Another Spare Button: Miracles

Miracles How do we know this dry river bed this poem this Saturday night bean supper is not a miracle? From Spare Buttons, my 2nd chapbook, now available for preorder from Finishing Line Press. Most of the twenty-six poems in this chapbook are of the micro-variety (tanka, haiku, etc.), but the piece I’m most proud of…

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Silly String and Two Seasonal Tanka

By Doug Jackson “July,” writes John Steinbeck in The Winter of our Discontent, “is brass where June is gold, and lead where June is silver. July leaves are heavy and fat and crowding. Birdsong of July is a flatulent refrain without passion.”  Cheerful stuff, of course, but something to it. So I have written a…

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Ten More Reasons to Get Moody

As promised last month in Ten Reasons to Get Moody, my first post about my husband Kevin Belmonte’s new book D.L. Moody – A Life, I offer you here now “another ten endorsements from another ten amazing people.” 1. Tim Challies, book reviewer for World magazine, creator of the blog site Challies.com D.L. Moody: A…

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Four Tanka by Four For You

Continuing with the tanka theme, a few of my poetry peeps and I have collaborated on this post to bring you a handful of micro-poems. As reflected in the variety below, the five-line form can carry a range of emotions, settings, and situations, from the “in the moment” to reflection and memorial.   With. Here.…

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Tanka: Six Slices of Summer

By Andrew Lazo Here, friends, you’ll find six sketches of my summer so far. I’ve scratched out some small slices of long days, even as I try to re-create myself from a long, good, giving school year. I have a wonderful summer planned, with plenty of ease. And these days afford me the rare chance…

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A Few Shiny Spare Buttons

Since it’s tanka month here at All Nine, I thought I would share a few five-line pieces from my new poetry chapbook, Spare Buttons. As I was perusing the manuscript for just the right pieces to share, I caught a thread I had not seen when I first put the collection together. Or rather, perhaps…

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Cracks and Comforts

By Bethany Rohde This was my first Father’s Day that included time at the cemetery. Do you ever see a greeting card section that pains you — even from a distance? Something that feels like a collage of endearing memories overlapped with closed doors? Please know at least, you’re not alone. Over these four months,…

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Gardening: A Tanka for June

By Crystal Hurd I have been writing lately about hope. In honor of our exploration of the tanka this month, I play on Emily Dickenson’s famous poem and change the metaphor to what it often feels like for me – an expectant seed awaiting the moment of great awakening. It is so small, so fragile,…

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Tanka Very Much

All that I can say about love I can say about your eyes From Three Ways of Searching   This month on All Nine we celebrate the tanka form, along with its cousins kyoka, waka, and other non-Western five-line poems. But before we get the party started, let’s define our terms. For the following definition…