Reading Women Poets of the World

Constance/ June 30, 2018/ Essay, Reading/ 1 comments

I’ve been re-reading Women Poets: From Antiquity to Now by Aliki Barnstone. It’s an interesting collection ranging from a lone Sumerian poet through Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Persian, Indian, African, Chinese, Japanese, European, Native American and even one translated Egyptian Hieroglyph poem. The time span ranges from about 2300 BC to poets born in the 1950’s. The range of voices is fascinating. Although the poets are separated from us by hundreds and sometimes thousands of years, the poems

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What Doesn’t Kill You – Makes for a Great Revenge Story

Constance/ June 19, 2018/ Writing/ 1 comments

You may have noticed a slowdown in Life on the Periphery posts. Partly because it’s summer, and partly because I’ve been writing. Not poetry this time, but a new fantasy novel. Newer than my other new one. I got an idea and it just grew and grew until I had to start writing it down. I’ve been working on it for a couple weeks, writing in great bursts. Much of the writing is getting to know my

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Fun with Drying Dishes (No, Really)

Constance/ June 3, 2018/ Weaving/ 1 comments

Finished 15 x 20 inch (38 x 51 cm) dish towels So. I finished my Space Shawl and a very lacy scarf, and was looking for something different to do. I found a dish towel pattern in one of my weaving books, and off I went. I’d never worked with cotton yarn before, so before I ordered a big shipment from my favorite weaving store, I bought some good old Peaches and Cream cotton yarn. You can

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Miracle Grows

Constance/ May 15, 2018/ Essay, Uncategorized

I am an accidental gardener. I don’t really make plans, I just go with the flow. A few years ago when I tried doing a square foot garden, it made me uncomfortable. I was happy when the plants ran wild and didn’t stay in their allotted space. Except the tomatoes, they were very orderly. No one budged outside their square. Of course they were scrawny and puny, so that helped. The hazards of growing tomatoes in Wyoming.

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It’s Drafty in Here

Constance/ May 1, 2018/ National Poetry Month, Writing

And so National Poetry Month winds to a close. How did your month go? Did you accomplish all you wished? I have an awful lot of poem starts, one to four lines of the beginning of a poem. I found I work quite effectively this way, getting the idea down then coming back at a calmer time to flesh it out. I used to believe you had to write an entire draft of a poem in one

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Prior Planning Prevents Messy Results

Constance/ April 19, 2018/ Weaving

I haven’t done any weaving in a while, in months, really. When I got out my loom there was an unfinished project on it. I settled in to polish it off, not remembering much about the yarn except it was yak, and very thin. Several warp string breaks later I swore to never try THAT again. I managed to finish the project with much grumbling and get it off the loom. As I got ready to warp

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Welcome to National Poetry Month

Constance/ April 3, 2018/ Gyroscope Review, National Poetry Month

It’s April, time for Poetry everywhere! To kick off your poetry month, we have a brand new issue of Gyroscope Review. This is our Third Anniversary, so naturally this is the Annoversary Issue – with a special theme of Threes. Our Spring 2018 issue is the largest single issue we’ve ever produced. We are pretty proud of this big fat issue. You can purchase a print copy HERE, a Kindle version HERE, or find a free PDF

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Listen Up – Poet’s Edition

Constance/ March 11, 2018/ Poetry Reading

Listen Up – Poet’s Edition There’s lot’s of great poetry readings on YouTube. Not only do you get to hear poets read their own work, but you can see how it’s done when it’s your turn to get up in front of the crowd.


Constance/ February 25, 2018/ Reading

I’m in my winter reading phase, where all my free time is spent reading either fantasy novels or other types of fiction. I used to read every novel from beginning to end, no matter how pathetic the plot. As I got older, I got less patient. Some books turned into what I termed ‘Wallbangers”. Ever read a book where the main character was too stupid to live? But somehow bumbled his/her way through the novel saved by

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When I Want Your Advice I’ll Research It

Constance/ February 11, 2018/ Writing

A drawback to being a writer is having way too many how-to writing books. As if the books could impart a template that would enable you to sail forth and write prodigiously. The smarter books call themselves simply, ‘Guides”. The ones I give side eye to are the ones that proclaim they are, “The Ultimate Guide”. I’m not sure anything is the ultimate guide to writing. Part of the problem is people are different. How many times

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