I thank editors Robert Grant and Jason Christensen for including my “On the Beach” in the third issue of Abandoned Mine. The quality of the poetry in this journal is high and I’m honored by the company!
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Poetry has always been a vast puzzle for me. Discovering how words and images best fit together sometimes takes me years — or decades — of attempts. Balconies Belay is one such poem. I began it thirty years ago, but it only coalesced in recent weeks. Irene Toh has included it in Red Wolf Journal and plans to include it in her Fall 2022 edition A Change of World. I’m both pleased and honored! https://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com
Scroll down a bit to find the poem.
Saturday Writers columnist Diane How published a brief interview with me conducted after my poem “Caesura” won the winter contest. Here’s what she had to say:
“April’s contest also included a first-place poetry winner. Robert Walton won with his twelve-line poem, Caesura. This brief verse journeys from burgundy October memories to hopeful emerald May eyes. I was surprised when Robert said he doesn’t write poetry. What????
Then he explained, “I never write poetry. Poetry writes me. An image or a thought seizes me unbidden and leads to the beginnings of a poem. That’s not to say that craft doesn’t enter in while I’m trying to find the poem’s truest shape.” Now that is poetic.
His journey of explanation regarding where the inspiration came from is a story in itself. “One of the inspiring things about parenthood is that it never ends. Eldest son Jeremy was winding up his research project for the Max Planck Institute last autumn. He needed to move his stuff out of both his office and a pied -a-terre flat in
Goettingen, Germany. Everything (a lot, believe me! Jeremy collects vinyl!) had to go from there to his family home in Zagreb, Croatia. He drafted me to help with packing and moving. In between the packing and toting sessions, he had professional responsibilities to fulfill. Pop had to stay out of the way and amuse himself. I often did so in the garden behind Max Planck’s HQ, a lovely, wooded place, good for reading while listening to the fountain and its brook. Ah, the fountain!”
Robert’s simple advice to other writers is brief and powerful much like his poem. “Keep your eyes wide open — always!”
And there you have it, folks. Keep your eyes open and your pen or laptop ready. Inspiration surrounds us. Now it’s your turn to write a winning entry and I can’t wait to read it!”
Thanks very much, Diane!
I belong to a very active, very supportive writers’ group called Saturday Writers. They just awarded a poem of mine first place in their spring contest. I am most pleased and honored!
February, March and April Poetry Contest
Themes: Mountains, Bodies of Water & Prairies
First Place: Robert Walton for Caesura
Second Place: Susan Gore Zahra for Kansas Snapshots
Third Place: Billie Holladay Skelley for Mountain Lovers
Honorable Mention:Cathleen Callahan for Letter from the Frontier Prairie
Honorable Mention:Carol Roberson for The Church on the Hill
Honorable Mention:Donna Mork Reed for Solitary Bird
Here’s the poem:
Swaying in October breezes
Escaped from coming winter,
Dip toward a brook
Soon to be ice,
Its chimes and murmurs
Not yet muted —
To be resumed
When bursting buds
Open emerald eyes
I thank editor Irene Toh for including “Tenaya Moods Shared” in Red Wolf Journal. Yosemite’s beauties – especially Tenaya Lake – are sources of spiritual regeneration for all who visit them. Covid has severed us from those beauties for more than a year and our spirits suffer. Words are cabnot substitute, but I hope mine will help a little.
My poem Crescent Moon was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Saturday Writers winter poetry contest. I look forward to its eventual publication sometime next year!
“Saturday Writers February, March and April Poetry Contest Winners:
First Place: Cathleen Callahan for Ripples
Second Place: Cathleen Callahan for High Place
Third Place: Cathleen Callahan for Echoic Spheres
Honorable Mention: Jeanne Felfe for The Gulf
Honorable Mention: Kenneth Lee for The Hatchling
Honorable Mention: Robert Walton for Crescent Moon
2021 Contest Chair
YDP editor Jayne Jaudon graciously included a new poem of mine on her site today. Take a peek and meet Barnaby, a very good dog. http://www.yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=3721