A person, place or thing can inspire a poem. I have memories of chomping down on Ticonderoga #3. For those of us that have a different take on getting the lead out this poem is for you.
This is Charles Harmon reading his poem, A Day in the Life of A Pencil.
Don Kingfisher Campbell is the publisher of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly. If you want more of Southern California poetry or would like to purchase a chapbook then scoot over to the blog.
Coming up on October 9, 2010 is another poetry reading by some of the areas known poets as well as an open reading. Scheduled to appear are Jon Edward Epstein, Jeffry Jensen, Don Newton plus special guest Rick Smith. As always, folks will gather at Santa Catalina Branch of the Pasadena Public Library on 999 E. Washington Blvd. between 3 to 5 p.m.
Poetry Off the Shelf
I have been listening to the Poetry Foundation's Poetry Off the Shelf podcast for a couple of weeks now and I think I'm falling in love with it. It is like a poetry espresso shot when I need a hit of poetry.
There have been some excellent episodes like discovering the poems of Eleanor Ross Taylor, the one about Actors vs Poets reading a poem, and a look back at Anne Sexton's work with poet CA Conrad.
Honest, it isn't stuffy unless you hit upon a stuffy poet. I haven't heard a clunker as yet. Give the show a chance.
If you need something to get you through the down times this could inspire something wonderful to spark up in your brain cells.