Wednesday, July 20, 2011

That's right. Photographic proof that I know how to read.

I am blessed to have particularly talented friends. Some of them, like Cindy Bridges and Annelies Z, cook beautifully. Others, like Leslie Goshko, are not afraid of standing on a stage in front of a roomful of people and making them laugh. Deee Trip. makes the most gorgeous fabric flowers you've ever seen. And Kyle Erickson writes poetry.

The latest gift comes to me in the form of a book. A hand-made book, lovely to touch and hold, of which there are only ten copies (gone within seconds of their release), of which I received lucky number eight. I didn't consider this my lucky number until yesterday, when I got this in the mail:

(Looks a bit like me, doesn't she?)

Kick Assonance is an anthology of four poets (Kyle, Steven Leyva, Christian Ericson, and Sei Shiroma, who I secretly fantasize about marrying so I can be Sharona Shiroma) containing evocative, moving work that makes things stir inside my little coal heart. Kyle also did the book illustrations, just in case you didn't think just being a poet was enough talent in one human. It's no small wonder his wife is a successful comedienne who has also performed on Broadway and--for kicks, mind you--has recently started a band. Meanwhile, I find great pride in being able to eat a shortbread cookie without dropping crumbs in my lap.

But look how smart I look when I'm holding a poetry anthology.
 

Needless to say, this book has raptured the better part of my day and now sits with pride on my coffee table, where I like to think it will impress any future house guests that I may or may not invite over with the express intent of showing it off.

I should go now; I need to work on some limericks if I'm going to have anything worth submitting to next year's edition. I think they'll really like where I'm taking this. A little 'teaser,' if you will:

Sometimes I like to kick assonance around,
Like a wall or a ball or anything sound
But then it kicks back
And throws me off track
And so I kick alliteration aground.

Big hugs and lots of love,
Essss

17 comments:

  1. Such a lovely book Esss. Treasure it!

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  2. What a beautiful book!  I hope your genius limerick gets into the next edition ^_^  xx

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  3. Miss,
    Pardon my intrusion. I simply want to tell you how much I've enjoyed reading your words today. I too appreciate the smart and snappy way with which you hold...no, caress your poetry anthology. It's not upside down is it? ☺ Poetry has a way with me as no other literary form. I love the word 'rapture' by the way.
    Love & Rockets 

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  4. I have to confess poetry often befuddles me, so I wouldn't be surprised to find an anthology of it upside-down in my hands! ;)

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  5. By the way, I lived in Paris for a time in 199--92. I also lived in Bruxelles<--- (for the Flemish fan in you).

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  6. Sorry 1991-92...It's that dainbramage I'm suffering from ☺

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  7. * brushing lapel modestly * I like to think limericks are one of the last true art forms.

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  8. I love this post and I love YOU!!!! xo:)

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  9. I love your limerick!

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  10. I am super jealous!

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  11. LOL, loving the limerick!
    I think I should be in the next posting of particularly talented friends....Shirley Selby for producing two totally fantastic, talented, and awe-inspiring daughters!

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  12. You do look smart!  The book is beautiful.  Thanks for the props.

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  13. I love your FACE!! 

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  14. Me, too! Although for the bargain price of a billion dollars, I'll let you have it. That will give me a tidy little profit from the moolah I shelled out to possess this piece de joy...I like to think of it as an 'investment.' That may or may not pay immediate dividends, depending on how much you want it. I accept paypal.

    P.S. You should submit something to next year's edition!

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  15.  haha! Yeah, your womb deserves an award.

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  16. Just imagine how much smarter I would've looked with an Urban Bloom in my hair!! I can't wait to get some next time I'm home!

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  17. What a beautiful book!  I hope your genius limerick gets into the next edition ^_^  xx

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