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FLP extends presales period for Spare Buttons

Good news! My publisher, Finishing Line Press, is extending the pre-order phase for Spare Buttons until August 18th, ten extra days. Sweeeeet!!! To spell out what this means beyond what I’ve written here and here… Pressrun is determined as follows: Prepublication sales between 55-104 copies sold = 250 pressrun. Prepublication sales between 105-154 copies sold =…

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Summer Musings

A soft percussion as raspberries drop into the colander; I taste the tart tip of my thumb *** Where the stars fall and flicker with fireflies; in fields of lemon balm. *** A hint of a dream half-remembered, gone again: firefly *** On the bedside stand a pile of chapbooks and a flashlight – just…

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Pushing my Buttons…

Summertime and the livin’ is easy… Yes, and yet I find myself pushing buttons again, or rather, pushing Spare Buttons, my latest poetry collection. But the drumbeat will be winding down soon, as the preorder phase ends in two weeks, on August 8th. In the meantime, I want to thank the readers of All Nine for…

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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…