Archive for ‘The Creative Writing Corner of Estrella Azul’

2016, April 22

Book Spine Poetry – Paris

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Today is the fourth stop on the Savvy Verse & Wit National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

The concept of book spine poetry appeared in 1993 with Nina Katchadourian’s Sorted Books project. Katchadourian began collecting interesting titles and arranging them in clusters so the spines could be read like a sentence. Maria Popova of Brain Pickings adapted the spine sentences into poetry, and the idea quickly spread around.

NPMBlogTour2016I learned that teachers have been using this technique to inspire kids to write poems (and use their books!), and that there are book spine poetry contests floating around the internet.

Since I last created book spine poems three years ago, inspired by a friend of mine who wrote the most stunning book title poem, I bought quite a few new books.

To name the best examples, I gave up buying something else and bought one book each month in 2013.
And then after receiving an Amazon voucher in December 2015 as the sole winner of an Innovation Week event our client held at work, I bought seven books in one fell swoop.

Some of them I’ve read already, some not yet.
However, here is some book spine poetry I managed to arrange from the newer titles I own.

For some reason, my heart was drawn to a Paris theme this time around.

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Paris letters,
the sweet life in Paris,
(and) Paris in love –
All the brights places,
(are) hidden in Paris.

Messing up my beautifully organized shelves was worth it.

Want to play? Go arrange some of your books into pretty book spine poetry and then leave me a link to your photo in the comments section so I can check it out :)

How is your National Poetry Month going? Read anything you think I’d like? Do share!

2016, April 15

That moment – by Estrella Azul

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Today is the third stop on the Savvy Verse & Wit National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

Last week, I printed out the National poetry Month poster and displayed it on a cork board at work, hoping it’ll inspire some of my colleagues, too.
I have to say I’m having a lot of fun this month reading more poetry than I do on a regular basis!

Since I haven’t posted this on my blog before, and lately I felt the need to start gathering all of me/my writing in just this one place, I will share with you my poem, “That Moment”, which was featured on ArtiPeeps back in 2014.

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NPMBlogTour2016That Moment,
by Estrella Azul

Four hours… passed by in a flash.
A cup of fragrant Jasmine tea in a cozy cafe,
gave way to a long walk as the wind made them shiver.
A fire lit up inside as dusk turned into night,
as drizzle turned into rain, as two lips touched.
That moment… it felt like eternity.
For her, that moment felt like a hike.
It felt like sunbathing on a hilltop,
surrounded by mountains covered in sparkly snow.
She felt her soul fill with warmth and calmness.
That moment… it felt like perfection,
in her world filled to the brim with uncertainty.

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In other news, my wonderful writer friend, Janel Gradowski who first introduced me to National Poetry Month when she interviewed me as part of the 2010 blog tour, has the first book of her culinary competition series, “Pies and Peril” now free on Amazon through April 24th. This is the first time any book in that series has been offered for free, so I urge you to go download and read it as it’s truly a book worth spending your precious reading time on!

How is your National Poetry Month going? Read anything you think I’d like? Do share!

2016, April 1

National Poetry Month 2016: Blackout Poetry

Large-Blue-RGB-National-Poetry-Month-LogoTo quote the official description from the website,
“This April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.
Over the years, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Please join in the celebration by listing your events and attending other events in your community, displaying this year’s posterparticipating in Poem in Your Pocket Day, recommending the Dear Poet project to a young personsigning up to read a Poem-a-Day, and checking out 30 more ways to celebrate.

We hope National Poetry Month’s events and activities will inspire you to keep celebrating poetry all year long!”

NPMBlogTour2016I’m celebrating by writing some poetry myself, creating book spine poetry, overall reading more poetry this month and visiting the blogs and articles in the Savvy Verse & Wit National Poetry Month Blog Tour listings.

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For my first poetry-related creative project, I decided to try blackout poetry. It was really simple to form!
All I did was print out a page I deemed okay as far as the text was concerned. I printed it out so that I wouldn’t actually mess up any of my books – I love them too much! Then, I took the page with me on a lunch break and started forming a poem with some of the words.  After my poem was formed, I went to town with the rest of the page, blacking out.
Truth be told I would’ve liked to create an interesting design, something like a doodle on the page, but my sharpie really wasn’t cooperating. Anyway, below is the result and a transcript of the poem itself :)

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Together as the stars came out,
tiny silver bells whispered aloud.
They stopped beside a small stream.
She felt as fragile as glass in his hands,
trembling he turned to look at her.
His hand rubbed away the tears
touched her hair lightly,
lifted her head, their faces finally at height.
They sat silently, and strangely tender, unmoving.

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Want to play? Go black out words on a page of your favorite novel to form a poem, and then leave me a link to your photo in the comments section so I can check it out :)

2014, March 18

A glance under the surface – by Estrella Azul, featured over at ArtiPeeps

When Nicky from ArtiPeeps contacted me about a feature article a couple of months ago, (“The Closet of Dreams”) I was thrilled. It was such a wonderful opportunity. And, it also meant that I qualified for FreeSpace, which meant I’d be featured three more times.

Here is the first feature of the three, an early flash fiction for this week.

Without further ado, I hope you enjoy "A glance under the surface" over on ArtiPeeps today!

2014, January 10

If only he had knocked first – by Estrella Azul

IMG_8910-2What is it about ruins that draws photographers in, and continues to fascinate them?

He attributed it to the role ruins play as his “brooding unconscious.” He believed ruins to embody a kind of guilt over civilization’s unchecked progress. He never believed these images to be sensationalistic and nothing more.

There doesn’t seem to be any lack of photographers today willing to tackle the subject, he knew that.
His photos provided a valuable glimpse of the other world that exists on the flip side of mega malls and suburban sprawl. He lived by the old code – “take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints” – and had a deep appreciation for the places he investigated.

For him, the best way of engaging with the past was by observing it through the prism of the present.

His present, he thought in hindsight, wouldn’t have ended as abruptly – if only he had knocked first.

2013, December 27

Right there, waiting – by Estrella Azul

It was an unexpected question.
Her cheeks turned red. But not just from the cold as she tore open his letter standing next to her mailbox on the chilly December evening.

Once inside, she snuggled up with her self-assigned cup of cozy in hand – s’mores hot chocolate – and pulled a pillow onto her lap to steady the notebook on.
Her gaze seemed absent as her handmade notebook cover adorned with hundreds of multicolored beads reflected the bright white twinkling lights of the Christmas tree next to the couch.

She stared into distant memories of a moment long lost ten years ago.
Even when both hearts are ready, if one fails to recognize the magic of that moment, it will pass. She had learned that by now.

Squeezing her pen, she began to write the words in her best cursive.
It wasn’t easy. She kept seeing his face. It showed up when she wrote the date in the left hand corner. It appeared when she wrote the title of her new flash fiction piece on the right side.

Everything would be alright soon, she told herself. Four more weeks until she would see him again – not an imagined face that time.

She would be right there, waiting.

2013, October 25

The Closet of Dreams – by Estrella Azul, featured over at ArtiPeeps

When Nicky from ArtiPeeps contacted me about a feature article, I was thrilled. I’ve been reading the website for quite some time now and have discovered many great artists thanks to it. It’s humbling to point towards the website today, and say: I’m featured there! *blush*

“In the past, people have described me as pensive. As proof of that, and of how my mind works, after the click is a little slice of life flash fiction piece which came to life as I was thinking of writers, of bloggers and their blogs, and of how short-lived some blogs are or how quickly they disappear without a trace leaving us wondering what might have happened to their owners.”

Hope you enjoy “The Closet of Dreams” over on ArtiPeeps today!

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