with cat, without cat…

So, last April, my friend Meredith ran a wonderful “Poetry Out of Nothing” contest in honor of National Poetry Month, and I promised to make a blank book for one of the winners. The winner in question happens to be another friend of mine, and as her poem concerned the mischievous adventures of a cat (pouncing on stink bugs, running through cilantro), I wanted to reflect the poem in the book somehow. Sadly, I’m terrible at drawing, so a literal interpretation was out of the question. Happily, the idea of a cat book inspired me in another direction… I was … Continue reading with cat, without cat…

i made a little book…

Actually, 50 little books. They’re “magic books,” the kind of one-sheet-of-paper-plus-one-strategic-cut-equals-six-pages book I absolutely love because they’re fun and easy to make, easy to copy, and full of fold-y secrets. This one, “Window Washer,” contains a poem about a guy washing a very significant window, and a little girl looking at him from the parking lot outside. That’s all I’ll say about the poem, but I will mention there’s a secret in this book. A secret in its construction and its entirety. And a secret instruction for the reader, which I hope will result in something cool down the line. … Continue reading i made a little book…

Walking to Clear My Mind…

The chances to take a loooooooooong walk are few and far between these days, so when one falls unexpectedly into my lap (thank you, ultimately harmless generator explosion at UMBC!), I grab it. The day was perfect: 75 degrees and sunny. I’ve had a lot on my mind, but a nice two-hour walk was just what I needed to 1) clear out the old stuff, and 2) invite in about a bazillion new ideas. During my walk I walked over an overpass and watched the cars beneath me. I found a stream I hadn’t noticed before. But most of all, … Continue reading Walking to Clear My Mind…