Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Poetry Bliss

When the muse calls, word weaving follows and perhaps, if I am in the zone, a poem evolves. This is a euphoric experience for me. When this occurs, I am totally wrapped in a poetic moment that suspends time. I mindfully engage in the moment that leads to other gathering moments. 

What triggers this spurt of creativity? It can be a simple noticing, a sound that opens my day, or a text that I am reading. Whatever sends me into a write zone is a pleasurable experience. 

a sigh of bliss
a poetic kiss
fragrant grace
a happiness place
a beach kite
pure delight
euphoria


What else has afforded me poetic bliss this month?

- On April 9, 2018, I enthusiastically moderated the #NYEDChat / #WonderChat combo convo, "Poetry Is for Everyone," with John MacLeod from Wonderopolis and my friends/guest poet hosts, Irene Latham, Laura Purdie Salas, and Charles Waters. 

  • The chat was an amazing roller coaster ride of poetry bliss and #poetrylove. I thanked everyone for their poetic hearts and conversations that floated into the Twittersphere. You can access the trending on Twitter conversation with resources gathered here.




-Yesterday on #EarthDay2018, I unveiled my Winter Wonderland Global Gallery of Artistic Expressions after a #winterinspring phenomenon occurred. 

  • Please consider taking a gallery walk through an array of vivid nature photographs, image poems, and inspirational quotes while listening to two original compositions, one from Kevin Hodgson and the other from Kat Healy. 
  • This gallery is a tribute to the majesty of Mother Earth during the winter season and the strength of poetic voice. Some of Two Writing Teachers slicers are showcased in the gallery that also features Poetry Friday writers; #stuvoice is clearly evident, as well as other voices from around the world. 
  • You can enter the gallery here to enjoy a virtual gallery walk during National Poetry Month. 



Each Tuesday, Two Writing Teachers offers Slice of Life Tuesday. I will meet-up with other writers there. Join me. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Winter Wonderland Gallery Unveiled

Global Gallery of Artistic Expressions
Designed by Carol Varsalona
featuring a Community of Reflective Writers

Etched in a canopy of frosted wonder or enveloped in a golden sunrise, winter blankets earth each year. This season, winter lingered longer than usual. Photographers, artists, and poets have raised their voices to bring awareness of the varying shades of winter to this gallery that reflects both the serenity and irony found in nature

I invite you to virtually step back into the season of winter to discover nature's artistry and stilled wonders at Winter Wonderland Gallery of Artistic Expressions. Join your host, Lady Winter, as she unveils bejeweled, crystalline landscapes, snow-covered mountains, brilliant sunrises, and glorious sunsets from around the world. While strolling through this gallery, be drawn into the visual experience, enjoy the music, especially the original compositions by Kat Healy and Kevin Hodgson, and feel the power of the poetic word as I honor National Poetry Month.  

    Be lulled by the beauty of winter 2018!
Find serenity in the stillness of winter.
Michael Hartnett, Montana
Listen to the original composition by Kevin  Hodgson.
Lucille Fisher, Massachusetts


Fall in love with the first snow.
The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical moment. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? -J.B. Priestley
Photo by Spiri Howard
Collaborative Poem, Country Road Resplendence, at Buncee here
Poetry by Melissa Chouinard-Jahant, Steve Kelley, Faige Meller, 
Chris Quinn, Valerie Tilton, Carol Varsalona

Video poem, First Snow 
Carol Varsalona
Be dazzled by the many shades of winter on the seasonal runway.
Be inspired by the glistening snow and winter scenes.




Bonnie Kaplan, NY
View Kiesha's Buncee here.

Follow Lady Winter around the globe as she uncovers nature's seasonal jewels.
Try creating an inspirational quote or poetry for one of the photos.  
Terje Akke, Prague









Rizza Joe Piccio, Manila, Philippines


Vincent Guth, Ireland

Lee Ann Spillane, Singapore






Be dazzled by the many shades of winter on the seasonal runway.














...and the torrential rains and grey skies also came this winter season.

Chouinard Jahant-"Raining Winter Day"-Texas
Be thrilled by the excitement of outdoor sports.

Josh created a Buncee for this gallery. You can see it here.


Michael Hartnett, Big Sur, Montana


Poetry is the gentle wonderings of the world calling us to unravel its beauty in words and images. - CVarsalona

Be Amazed at Winter's Sunrises and Sunsets 




Why sunrises are more amazing in the Winter:
Answer: See mnn.com here.
Kevin Foley, Sunset in Ireland
Laura Hill Timpanero, Port Jefferson, Long Island
"He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter." - John Burroughs
Admire the variegated colors of winter.
 You can listen to Kat Healy's original song, "Winter", here.


Let us not forget that "winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is a time for home." -Elizabeth Sitwell


 Winter became a time for writing and amplifying voice this year.
The above Buncee was created for Laura Shovan's Ekphrastic Writing Project.
 Children's Corner Honoring #StuVoice

Margaret Simon's Class, featuring Austin, Louisiana

Faith, Louisiana

Leonie Bennett's Students, New Zealand
Snow Sculpture created by Kevin Foley's STEAM Students, Ireland
Suzi Day

View Class Poems from Kindergarten to 5th Grade Classes in California, Massachusetts, & Montana

by @CitizensOwls, 5th Grade Young Poets from California
You can access the class' nineteen individual winter poems in the slide share here.

A Buncee by Wyman's Wonders, Kinders from Massachusetts above.
A Buncee by KB Kids, Kinders from Montana below.




















This season, Lady Winter's whimsical nature prompted the trend of nor'easters announcing arrival- and quick departure-like layover flights. 





"A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky - unbidden -
and seems like a thing of wonder." - Susan Orlean
Pwilliams819Pam, Connecticut
"Winter is a season of recovery and preparation." -Paul Theroux
Enjoy listening to music for the winter season at my playlist.
Artists capture the spirit of winter!



Michelle Kogan, Chicago



Leia Cator, Alabama
"All art requires courage." -Anne Tucker

"...the color of winter is in our imagination." -Terri Guillemets

Inspired to Write? Try Postcard Poetry
reminiscent of early 20th Century postcards
This season, Lady Winter decided to wear her warm clothing longer than usual. Thus, the hashtag #winterinspring evolved.


Read about the new book in first person narrative, NIGHT GUARD by Synne Lea, offers a poem on why winter doesn't want to move on. 
(reviewed by Myra Garces-Bacsal)
Each year as winter turns into spring, the world anticipates an awakening.
When Lady Winter started her journey she called us
to notice and wonder,
to find peace in the stillness,
to listen soulfully to the sounds of nature,

and to wonder deeply about life.
Goodbye Lady Winter. Spring will now dress the world in verdant color patterns.

Thank you for sharing this incredibly beautiful compilation of the arts with me.
This gallery design has been a magical journey for me.
I hope you agree that if we notice and wonder more
our senses will grow sharper
and we will see the world
with a new lens.
Carol
The community of reflective writers has continued to grow since the first Reflect With Me Gallery of Artistic Expressions in March 2014.  I am grateful to all who offered their creativity and talents to this gallery. 
Past Galleries
If you click on each title you will be directed to the gallery.
2014
2015
2016
2017
Springsations
Lady Winter takes a final bow and waves goodbye because her #winterinspring journey is moving over for spring to renew the land.
Today is Earth Day 2018. 
Let's honor Mother Earth each day
 as we notice and wonder about the artistry of nature.
The Winter Wonderland Gallery is a tribute to National Poetry Month 2018.
Thank you for journeying with me and the gallery contributors as we showcased winter 2018 in its finery.