Poetry and Journals

Excuses are made by those who make mistakes. Apologies are made by those who did something wrong. I did neither, but I do want to explain my lapse in writing. My new poetry collection DEAR ANAIS: MY LIFE IN POEMS FOR YOU (preface by Tristine Rainer), was released this week and I have been busy with the preliminary publicity.

I hope my readers buy this book not only because I admire Nin and her wise words about writing, love and life, but the collection is a good example of how poems can be culled from journals. All the poems in the book were born on the pages of my journal. (BTW, if you read the book and enjoy it, please consider posting a review on Amazon…it will help other readers and me of course!)
Many of the poems were inspired by a famous quotation, a compelling line or an observation. These all serve as good launching points. Poetry is all about observations and the more you see, the stronger your poetry will be.

Until next time—happy reading and happy writing!

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1 Response to “Poetry and Journals”


  1. 1 redflavorred October 25, 2008 at 8:07 am

    Kudos on your exquisite poetry that so eloquently speaks to the human heart, reminiscent of Jorge Borges’ description of poetry as “the imminence of a revelation, never fully revealed.” Seeing you’re a fan of Anais Nin, thought you might be interested in a poem “Anais Nin: L’ Heure Bleue” in Los Angeles based mag. Underground Voices (Oct.) Best wishes.
    http://www.undergroundvoices.com/UVPesaventoDon.htm


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"A writer uses a journal to try out the new step in front of the mirror."

~Mary Gordon

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I am a memoirist, essayist, poet and teacher whose passion is keeping a notebook. My notebook is my muse and my alter ego. It contains personal snippets of my life and observations from the world around me. Diarist Anaïs Nin has been a great source of inspiration for me. My hobbies include writing, writing and more writing, but when I have extra time, I enjoy reading, walking, hiking, yoga, working out, cooking and hanging out with my family and Maltese Poodle, Spunky. In order not to become ensconced by the glare of my computer screen, I also teach in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and in various conferences and festivals around the country. My pleasure comes from sharing my joy of journaling with professional writers and anyone interested in writing.

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