Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Angelee Deodhar Welcomes Us to the Fall

This evening I would like to begin the fall poetry with Angelee Deodhar's work that blends words and images.

Although we may not be ready for fall's workload, I am sure that we are ready for fall's cooler, crisper weather.  Certainly, I am ready for some autumn rains, too!

I am also including a larger-type version of this haiku sequence for those of us who should be wearing our reading glasses.  However, the "visual" above is beautiful, evoking autumn at its best.

Autumn Interlude
pail in hand
I trace the muddy path
of childhood mushrooms

in the twilight
against dusky bougainvillea
the white wall whiter

Japanese dance
in her fan
the changing seasons

crunching underfoot
the breakfast cereal
sounds of autumn

a sparkling cross
protruding from
myriad colored leaves

glowing pumpkins
through the windows
a Halloween moon

burning leaves —
the incandescent scarecrow
mumbles and grumbles

spider strands anchor
the wheels of a cannon
deepening autumn chill

moonless night —
from the harvested field
the hoot of an owl

autumn scrapbook—
I color in the leaves
with crayon stubs

Angelee Deodhar

In addition, Angelee graciously created some visuals of poems that have previously appeared in this blog-zine.  I would like to start with Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram's "A Little Billie in the Morning," a poem that appeared in the Summer 2014 contest:

Catfish McDaris' "17 Cents a Year" is also very moving.  It was part of the Michael Brown contest:

Will Mayo is writing mainly flash fiction these days, but his poem  "With Memories of the Valley" is well worth revisiting, especially with the addition of Angelee's images.  His poem appeared on July 11, 2015:

Felino A. Soriano wrote his spectacular prose poem "Underneath" in response to the music of pianist Vijay Iyer: 

I first met Angelee through poet and editor Karen O'Leary.  Here is Karen's "Riding Spring's Wings":

Somewhere along the way I posted a link to my poem "After the Summer of Young Men in a Hurry," a piece inspired by the music of pianist Kenny Kirkland. A.J. Huffman published this poem at Pyrokinection:

Martin Willits, Jr.'s entry in the Gene Clark contest truly evokes his song lyrics:

Poet and translator Allyson Lima also entered the Clark contest with her poem "Turn":

The prolific poet Pijush Kanti Deb concludes this series with his poem "Your Cat and My Dog," which appears in his book Under the Shadow of a White Pigeon and in the following entry at this blog zine: 

I'll finish with some music to inspire you for the contest ahead.

Let's start with Eddie Palmieri's "Puerto Rico":

I feel like I've ignored the Brazilians, so here is "The Girl from Ipanema":

I'll add Antonio Carlos Jobim's version of "One Note Samba":

Stan Kenton's "La Guera Baila" from his album Cuban Fire is a good transition to the other contest:

In the previous entry, I mentioned Johnny Hodges.  Here is his version of "Don't Get Around Much Anymore":

The video below pairs Hodges' "Daydream" with a black and white video of New York City:



  1. Dear Angelee and Marianne,

    It is such an honor to be a part of this artistic gallery. Angelee, you do such a good job of enhancing poetry with visual art. Marianne, your beautiful site is rich in the creative experience. Both of your are such talented artists. It is a pleasure to share in the journey with you.

    Keep shining,

  2. Karen has said everything I felt and said it most beautifully.
    This site enriches everyone who is part of it.

    Thank you Angelee. Thank you Marianne.

  3. I'm entranced by this lyrical and visual art. Oh, how I needed it!