January 9th, 2009



The mail carrier delivered my contributor's copy of Magnapoets, which contains my poem "The Desperation of Walnuts" which I wrote at a Saturday Afternoon Poetry workshop some time past.

It was inspired, in part, by my son Kirk's sixth birthday party. I had arranged the table for the cake out under the lovely walnut tree we had in our yard, only to see small green flecks from the outer shell of the walnut start falling on the tree like confetti, courtesy of the squirrels who also loved that tree.

Needless to say, that was the last year the birthday cake was placed in that particular location in the yard.

Magnapoets is an interesting mix of Western poetry and Japanese forms. There are ten pages of free verse and Western forms, thirteen pages of haiku and tanka, and eight pages of essays and short stories. All pages are 8 x 11 1/2.

Contributors are Grace Andreacchi, Peter Austin, Pamela A. Babusci, Collin Barber, John Barlow, Dawn Bruce, Adnrea Cecon, Robin Chater, Ellen Compton, Susan Constable, Janet L. Davis, Melissa Dixon, Curtis Dunlap, Margarita Engle, Deborah Finkelstein, Larylee Fraser, Denis M. Garrison, Ursula T. Gibson, Sanford Goldstein, Taylor Graham, Michele Harvey, Arti Honrao, Gregory Hopkins, Colin Jones, Kirsty Karkow, M. Kei, Bill Kenney, Mahdy Y. Khaiyat, Deborah P Kolodji, Gilda Kreuter, Catherine J.S. Lee, Darrell Lindsay, Bob Lucky, T.J. Martin, Tanya McDonald Sherry Morrow McDaniel, Vasile Moldovan, Christopher Mulrooney, ayaz daryl nielsen, Dru Philippou, K. Ramesh, Kala Ramesh, Charles Rossiter, Natalia L. Rudychev, E. Shaun Russell, Sonya Sabanac, Miriam Sagan, Lynne Schwalbe, Adelaide B. Shaw, R.K. Singh, Charlie Smith, Andre Surridge, Barbara A. Taylor, Petar Tchouhov, Dina Televitskaya, Pat Tompkins, Maja Trochimczyk, Liam Wallace, Lori Wall-Holloway, Linda Jeanette Ward, Liam Wilkinson, and Robert Wilson.