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One Poet’s Process

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!

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A Poem Honored by Saturday Writers

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:

Caesura

Burgundy leaves,

Swaying in October breezes

Escaped from coming winter,

Dip toward a brook

Soon to be ice,

Its chimes and murmurs

Not yet muted —

A conversation 

To be resumed

When bursting buds

Open emerald eyes

In May.

Caesura

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Tenaya Moods in Red Wolf Journal

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.

https://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com

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A Prize for Crescent Moon

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

Congratulations!”

Heather Hartmann

2021 Contest Chair

Saturday Writers

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Barnaby’s Puddle

Barnaby in action

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

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Covid Fog Strikes Again!

Another bank of covid fog just cleared away! I discovered that Red Wolf Journal published a couple of my poems – Hummingbird and Boxing at Mar a Lago – back in October of last year. I missed the memo – no excuses! It’s a fine journal and I thank the editors most humbly!  

https://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com/2020/10/26/hummingbird-by-robert-walton/

https://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com/2020/10/29/boxing-at-mar-a-lago-by-robert-walton/

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Bee Shadows

Haiku is the most contemplative writing discipline. I turn to it when ending – or trying to begin – large projects. The respect for words haiku requires affords both healing and new focus. Now and then, I write a good one. The Haiku Journal just published one such in issue 66. Scroll way down!

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