Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘new writing’

Midleton Main St2

In Ireland with my newly returned love we lived in Midleton, a little village 25 km from Cork City.

He enjoyed showing me around his home of only a few years – but the new home of his heart.

Chatting about the ‘mysteries’ of writing poetry, we’d driven into Robinson’s Tyres yard, littered with used product.

I’d just finished saying I never suffered from writers block and could do a poem about anything.  He pointed and challenged me to write about ‘Those’.

So while he organised for a change of Tyre, I wrote about them:

 

Smooth Skin

 

Off Old Cork road, turning into Midleton

stacks of life-saving re-treads have Buckley’s

chance of reliving their youth. Discarded tyres

 

lay stop-piled high; like Auschwitz bodies

deflated, black, aged-old wheel-rings have

reached the end and their final journey.

 

Unlined rubber circles, low profile cushions

await disposal; melting erasure – incineration.

Their job is complete – no longer needed.

 

The largest lay prepared, neatly size-stacked,

ready and resigned, proudly age un-marked

claiming their fair share of the dumping ground.

 

Smaller circles know their place, are thrown

haphazardly because they’ve lost their grip;

swallowed by take-over tyrants, larger than they are.

 

Tractor workhorses are content to rest, miles-tired,

worn out, knowing they don’t count because the speedy

don’t care – don’t notice how many lines are missing.

 

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2003

Read Full Post »

91-0kJVX66L._SL1500_

Book 2 in my Short Stories series is “E-Males”   Meet ‘Anna Karenina’ of the Australian suburbs:

After seven years of marriage, Michelle began to question her love ~ not her husband Barry’s ~ his adoration was as solid and steady as a rock.  No, she questioned her state. 

Was this all she could expect?  She yearned for more  ~ or perhaps a different ethereal mist of feeling which engulfs like a warm blanket of bright colours, flapping every now and then in the breeze of life. 

“Damn those blasted fairy tales! Where’s my prince?  Why doesn’t Barry come home in the middle of the day and whisk me off to Paris for coffee?” 

She day-dreams he’s sitting in his high rise office, gazing out across the Swan River, thinking of her in a flowing white peignoir, hair carefully styled, just risen from their marriage bed to meet her love. 

Full lips ready to receive his kiss, his embrace strong but gentle he smiles down at her, with one arm to support her swooning, body trembling with unspoken ardor. 

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2014

If you’d care to read the rest, you’re welcome to buy or lend a KINDLE copy of  “E-Males”  or Book 1:  “Meeting Mr X”  directly from Amazon.

(Hope you do…)

 

#FrancesMacaulayForde  #McAlpineBellPublishing  #MeetingMrX  #KINDLEbooks  #E-Males”

Read Full Post »

nest-9

I saw this photo by on the net and was immediately inspired:  nature + telephone pole = home.

(http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/02/massive-bird-nests-built-on-telephone-poles-in-southern-africa/ )

 

RECYCLED

Sociable weaver

birds gather Kalahari

sticks, grass, cotton to

construct home-trees for hundreds.

Out-dated rest-points built to

carry distance wires become

capsules recycled for

mobile families.

.

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2013

 

Read Full Post »

12-x-12-new-badge

Official Participant in the Julie Hedlund 12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge

Soooo excited – I’ve signed up as a Golden Book Member of Julie Hedlund’s 12 month picture book challenge for 2014.

(I find I need deadlines to actually finish fiddling with manuscripts and let them go.)

There’s lots of support and encouragement from fellow participants – many who’re also members of SCWBI.

Julie offers the amazing chance to send a manuscript to an approved agent each month.

At the very least, I’ll have  quite a few new picture book ideas to hawk to local publishers at the end of the year!

 

SUZETTE THE SNAKE

 

Suzette the snake was swish.

                             She slithered with style

                                           and spoke with a lisp.

                                                          Her sensitive stomach

                                                                        seeks special cuisine,

                                                          especially cleaned

                                           in rivers and streams.

                             She swims in salt lakes

              with sensuous ease,

                             sleeps under shade trees,

                                           shivers out in the breeze.

                                                          Skin silvery bronze

                                                                        sun-yellow striped along.                                            

              Speeding through leaves

                                           she startles a feed.

                             Surely her sparkle

                                           and shimmering shape,

                                                          proves beauty is found

                                                                        in a slithering snake!

 

 

Frances Macaulay Forde @ 2001

From my 1st book of poems ‘Hidden Capacity ~ a poet’s journey’ Published in Cork, Ireland, 2003.

So the gauntlet has been thrown and I must rise to the challenge.

Read Full Post »

Following on from Friday’s post about Glen Phillips, I wanted to share a poem which was included in ‘Landscapes’ the journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language at ECU.

???????????????????????????????

Moondyne Joe, the central character in the re-enactment.

The poem was written after we attended the Moondyne Festival, a re-enactment of the Moondyne Joe legend held every year in Toodyay.  

It’s an historic town in WA which had recently been devastated by bush-fires – far too often a feature of our landscape.

I was struck by the horrendous beauty as we drove through the area, illustrated by the aftermath of death and the brilliant resilience of nature.

Toodyay  

black ash still lay
where fire had licked
with devil tongues
across roadside gravel

a careless cigarette
city-slicker thrown
community fun day
re-enacting Moondyne Joe

quick fire prowled up
summer-dry gullies
stand of trees ridge
wind break – not fire-breaker

no escape allowed
as bright yellow jackets
smother white foam
contain the bush fire danger

gum tree pale striped
old bark peeled back
green growth beauty
black trees juxtaposed

fresh life canopies
halt dieback* spores
spiked hair sprouts
thousand years and counting

*Dieback is a fungal disease which decimates our native trees, reducing them to bare branches.

Frances Macaulay Forde  © 2011

Just another example of Glen supporting and encouraging my involvement in the WA writing community.

Read Full Post »

14PaddyDOTMusic

So proud of my brother Paddy who’s just released his first album of original songs called “Avartarian Summer”

He’s also made a video with one of the soundtracks of our beautiful South West forest featuring one of our iconic birds, a Kookaburra!

Please let him know if you enjoy his sounds and pictures.

Read Full Post »

I’m going to be off-line for a while as my computer needs some hospital treatment after I joined DropBox then decided to delete my account.  Before cancelling the account I deleted all the files for safety.

What I didn’t know was DropBox  deleted everything on ‘all my devices’ – my hard drive too!  BUGGER!

I’m just really hoping my computer guru/fixer can find them and restore everything again.  I’ve got most files & photos backed up but not since November – so all Chrissy photos and writing… Oh well.  Hopefully I’ll be back in a couple of days.

Thanks so much for reading my humble blog and have a good week.    Remember to back up often!

Read Full Post »

My favorite bookshop in the whole world is in Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland but I’ve never actually been there:  The Salmon Bookshop & Literary Centre.

ImageImageImage

If I could, I’d attend every book launch, every workshop and every reading of the many, many talented poets Jessie Lendennie has taken under her wing and nurtured then published over the last 30 years.

It’s my dream to  give Jessie a hug, browse the shelves and share a cup of team with the Salmon team who produce beautiful poetry books year after year.  Now she has the space to offer much-loved second-hand poetry to browse, as well.

Jessie has always been a fierce fan of Irish writing and if there was one available, should get a medal for her consistent and continuous efforts through tough times and good.

Jessie and Siobhan Hutson have made Salmon Publishing one of Ireland’s main literary publishers so it’s only right they should have a new home, large enough to accommodate many poetry-promotion extras.

I regret not being able to attend last Wednesday’s event when three more Salmon published books were officially launched, in Dublin:

This first book is one I recently sent away for and after the first page knew I was a fan of Jo Slade so I would love to have heard her read ‘Time Piece’, particularly.

It’s the sort of writing I completely loose myself in and opens with this line  ‘In the wardrobe of my belonging/is a bearskin coat.’  Her words hit me right in the heart.

aking_Time_Out_Cover.qxd

“The Painter’s House” by Jo Slade

furtherthoughtsinagarden

It seems Rita Kelly may also become a new favorite as a “… a love-poet of great lyric power and beauty, but her range is much wider than that.  Her startling capacity to transmute brutal experience into universal significance could hardly be better exemplified.” Máire Mhac an tSaoi.

“Further Thoughts in a Garden” by Rita Kelly

t_concernedattentions

Knute’s ‘Fifty Years: Poems 1957-2007’ has been on my shelf for a while now… so I’m sure I’d enjoy his latest as well.

“Concerned Attentions” by Knute Skinner

For years I’ve been happily gifting Salmon books to family, friends and colleagues – perhaps now I’ve persuaded you to do so, too!

 

Read Full Post »

Today’s news stories about a ‘Nessie’ sighting this side of the globe has reminded me of something I wrote a while ago for my sister-in-law’s very popular travel blog about Perth; http://perthdailyphoto.blogspot.com.au

Every day she uploads photos she’s taken in and around Perth, Western Australia  (she particularly loves our pretty city)  discovering new and interesting places all the time.

On May 30th last year, she’d taken a fabulous photo at Mullalloo beach and wanted me to write something to go with the photo.  Naturally, I was happy to oblige and sent a short poem back within half an hour.  She was totally amazed with what I ‘saw’ in the frame…

P1060413

The Surgeon’s Photo

 

Like a summer’s day Nessie in her deepest loch

with itinerant Hugh Gray’s camera watching on shore,

she bows her head to honour the sparkling blue

and dances in the sunlight between the stars.

She is a he whose strong arms plunge out to sea

powering over and above possible danger beneath,

relentlessly pulling liquid waves to his chest –

a celebration of strength, youth and fearlessness.

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2013

Read Full Post »

So I thought I’d share some poetry postcards I’ve printed up.  I use my own photos or artworks with my poems and give them away when I’m doing talks or workshops.

Recently I was in Residence at Burn Beach Cafe as part of the Cafe Poets Project with Australian Poetry, our national organisation and my postcards were quite popular.

The first three are from my time at Burns Beach on the Sunset Coast of Western Australia and the next couple are others chosen at random… I have published many…

More information here:  http://francesmacaulayforde.com/writing_poetry/postcards

PCPostcards_0002aWEB PCPostcards_0004WEB PCPostcards_0005 (2)cWEB12JulPCGreenINeedYouw 12PCHibiscusTheBoffinw 12PCRedTulipsLoveSecretsw

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

Stephen Page

Author: The Salty River Bleeds, The Timbre of Sand, Still Dandelions, A Ranch Bordering the Salty River. Alum: Palomar College, Columbia University, Bennington College. Follow on twitter @SmpageSteve on Instagram @smpagemoria on Facebook @steven.page.1481

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Making literary art accessible 99 words at a time!

Norah Colvin

Live Love Laugh Learn . . . Create the possibilities

Sarika, Pure Reflections

Poems, Pure Reflections

Elizabeth Gauffreau

Fiction Author

Short Prose

Gabriela M Author of the Year (2019) at Spillword Press NYC

The Poetry Question

The voice of Small Press Poetry

Freo's View

A passion for all things Fremantle

The Curious Magpie

Live life more Curiously!

Mug Full of Books

Books, tea and great reads

The Inquiring Mind

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” Thomas Paine - "Limitation is essential to authority. A government is legitimate only if it is effectively limited." ~ Lord Acton - Commentary on what interests me, reflecting my personal take on the world

Mike Finn's Fiction

Book Reviews and Short Stories

Whispering Gums

Books, reading and anything else that comes to mind...with an Australian focus

Thoughts Become Words

Miscellaneous Collection by Gretchen

earthstonestation

For the beauty of the Earth

Rochford Street Review

A Journal of Australian & International Cultural Reviews, News and Criticism.

words and music and stories

Let's recollect our emotions in tranquillity

Night Owl Poetry - Dorinda Duclos

"The silence of the night awakens my soul"

Jade M.Wong

Writer at Heart | Fangirl by DNA | Struggling Human Until Further Notice

Graham Sherwood’s

wise words on wine and fresh thoughts on food blog.

One of These Years...

Poems by Tom Alexander

I've started so...........

poetry, words, visions on life

slideaways

. . . it's complicated . . .

Linda's Book Bag

Loving books and reading

Waringwords

Poetry by Paul Waring

E.S. Dunn

Eileen Susan Dunn - Author

Sabiscuit's Catalog

I can't eat biscuits, but I have a better idea ...

Helen Hagemann's Studio

Novelist & Poet, Fiction & Poetry Reviewer

Lee Muir-Haman Watercolor Painting

watercolor paintings, instruction and inspiration

The Book Podcast

The inside story of books from new and established Australian women writers of all genres.

The Sketchbook

MOSTLY MONTREAL, MOST OF THE TIME

Autoimmune Warrior Queen

My journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis and the GAPS Diet

Snake removal and relocation

Based in the southern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia.

MAUREEN EPPEN -- WRITER

WRITING, READING -- AND WRITING ABOUT READING

Screenwriting from Iowa

...and Other Unlikely Places

Linda Smith Inspiration

By Flying With Eagles I Learnt To Soar

knitting with heart

. . . luv 'n stitches for our tired old world

Dambusters Blog

The Dams Raid (Operation Chastise) and after

Gabriel Evans

Children's Book Author and Illustrator

africmcglincheyreviews

Reviews of chapbooks, poetry collections, short stories and fiction

LOUISE ALLAN

writer & author

Little Pink Dog Books

Children's Picture Book Publishing

%d bloggers like this: