Poets for Peace poet, Robert Okaji; listen here…

Robert read for our Poets for Peace gathering in San Antonio, February, 2017.  We were mesmerized.  Have a listen here…then order his forthcoming chapbook, From Every Moment A Second, Finishing Line Press, Oct. 2017 (link provided in his post, so click through).  Congratulations, Robert!

“Bottom, Falling” was published in Into the Void in October, 2016, and appears in my forthcoming chapbook, From Every Moment a Second, available for prepublication order at Finishing Line Press.

via Recording of Bottom, Falling — O at the Edges

“catchment system”

New poem published in Voice de la Luna, Vol. 9 #3, May, 2017, p. 30.  I am sharing my poem published in the May issue of the magazine here but please do check out this San Antonio quarterly magazine of arts and literature and subscribe here!

It’s a steal at only $35 annually that includes four jam packed issues featuring some of San Antonio’s premier poet’s and artist’s work.

water from the downspout via CC Shoshanah

image courtesy of Soshanah via Creative Commons.  Rights reserved.

catchment system

thoughts dangle

hang

from the eaves

need

untangling

~

these:

stacked in corners

in cabinets

on pages

on shelves

—a life

in leaflets

what to do

with what doesn’t’

have place

 

~

 

that transistor radio

we keep in the drawer

in case of nuclear war

 

—all those batteries

a glossy ad

for gutters

we’ve never had

 

~

 

thirty years

—the gush

 

ducked under

gallons      pouring

off the eaves

water

we could have

saved

but didn’t

 

~

 

we needed:

designer lincoln

sprinkler system

augustine

green

granite countertops

slate floors

swimming pool

 

a catchment system

that never happened

or did it

 

~

 

when batteries die

transistors desist

perhaps:

merciful sky

we’ll shower

under the gush

mouths      wide open

drinking

while we can

poem in pictures: river. tree. lizard. knee

look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better

Albert Einstein

guadalupe state park, hill country, texas

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d. ellis phelps is the author of Making Room for George, Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press, 2016:  a tender love story about family and one woman’s journey toward her true self.  Free for kindle unlimited users.  Softcover available for Prime shipping.

truth or dare: on the writing process, fact v.s. fiction & what’s next

 5 minute Q&A with the audience,Malvern’s Books, Austin, Aug. 11, 2016

  • This is fiction.  Right?
  • Will you write a sequel?
  • How long did it take you to write the book?
  • What are you working on now?

Do you have a question to ask that I didn’t answer here?  For example, if you have read Making Room for George, do you have a question about whether a particular part is fact or fiction?  Ask me.  I’ll tell…or…get the book now! 

It’s free with kindle unlimited.  Then come back and ask me.  You’ll want to.  I promise!

 

“& God forbid; my father-in-law lives in the house!”

reading at Malvern Books, Austin, Aug. 11, 2016

Sixteen minutes of fun for you from my novel, Making Room for George, Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press, 2016.

 

book review: Texas native and #indieauthor, Sandy Foster Morrison

Just Because You're Dead Doesn't Mean You're GoneJust Because You’re Dead Doesn’t Mean You’re Gone by Sandy Foster Morrison

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’re not “from here,” then you might think you know something about East Texas from having watched the recent movie “Bernie.” Frankly, the movie is spot on at revealing the snippy, elitist, prejudiced thinking prevalent there (and the horrific twang of speech!).

But this author: grew up there. Her memoir of that experience will make you cringe and groan if you are from here and it will make you exclaim in disbelief if you’re not. But I can tell you from my own Piney Woods roots that her account of “how it was (is)” is all true.

Ms. Foster-Morrison has a breezy tone that sets the reader at ease right away. She is fiercely honest, a laudable act of courage, given her ancestry. I commend her for this.

Her story, a black comedy with tragic moments, is the story of “every-woman”: how marriage, child-rearing, society and family influence and rule our becoming and if we are tenacious to a fault, as this author, having the will to become who she herself determines to be in spite of overwhelming odds against her, how we survive.

Personally, I deeply identified with the main premise: that those who have left their fleshly bodies have not “died,” but in fact carry on communicating with us from beyond, especially when our relationships on this plane have unfinished business.

If you are looking to fantasize and be carried away, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a meaty story, full of unexpected turns and raw emotion, one that will make you laugh and cry, and leave you deep in thought, read this book.

I dare you.

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the #art of repetition

for everything there is a season…

Ecclesiastes 3:1

twelve studies in sacred geometry:

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3×3, 6×6, & 12×12″ mixed media collage with repurposed beads, threads, wire & pins.

details:

 

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all original, mixed media now showing at Intermezzo Gallery, Comfort, Texas.  Contact the gallery here.

d ellis phelps is the author of Making Room for George, a love story

beer fixes everything

Don’t we all wish this were true?  Some Texans believe it, especially those of German heritage, descendants of pioneers who originally settled in the Texas Hill Country in the late 1800’s.

German tradition permeates our culture right alongside a rich Mexican influence. Within a hundred mile radius during a one day road trip from San Antonio’s downtown El Mercado to Fredericksburg,  travelers can experience both.

  Image: Mi Tierra’s ceiling all year long!

At Mi Tierra Mexican Cafe and Bakery in El Mercado, you can have some of the best Tex-Mex that can be found: enchiladas, sopapias, margaritas & all to the festive or romantic ( per your request) sound of Mariachis 24/7.

And just a few miles northwest, you can feast on sausages, steamed red cabbage, sauerkraut, German potato salad and BEER!!

image:  Rick, Brewmaster

At Fredricksburg Brewing Company, Rick, who’s been the Brewmaster for sixteen years, will make sure you get the perfect blend of brew for you.  They serve a sampler so you can taste first then take a growler of your favorite to go.

I love coming to Fredricksburg and we always eat at the Brewery, mainly because Hubby agrees with the sign on these walls that says “Beer fixes everthing,” but also because the food is great!

image: mixed media glass kinetic sculpture, Dan Pfeiffer. 

But my favorite thing to do in Fredricksburg is to SHOP, especially in the galleries!

image: glass sculpture, artist unknown

No matter whether you come to the Hill Country to explore its heritage or for its food, scenery, or BEER, you are sure to have fun!

We welcome you. And if you don’t learn anything else while you’re here, we’re pretty certain you’ll learn how to do this:

Image: Settler’s Crossing B&B near Fredricksburg

Ya’ll come on down! Maybe we’ll see you on the road.