The Other Nemesia, Balcony Garden, Hunter Hill, May 13, 2014

Nemesia, Balcony Garden, Hunter Hill, May 13, 2014

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Nemesia, Balcony Garden, Hunter Hill, May 13, 2014

Nemesia, Balcony Garden, Hunter Hill, May 13, 2014

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Petunia, Sunsatia Terra Cotta, Balcony Garden, Hunter Hill, May 13, 2014

Petunia, Sunsatia Terra Cotta, Balcony Garden, Hunter Hill, May

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Inspiration: Writing that Escapes the Page

I am entering a kind of retreat, realigning, resting deeply, and this well suits all of that. –jso

Lightning Droplets

The Materiality of Meaning: the Format of Words on the Page

            It has long been the realm of poets to think about line breaks and format on the page.  There is a myth that for prose, the words should speak for themselves.  We have the idea that prose writers who manipulate how they put their words on the page somehow undermine the meaning of the words, as if calling attention to the fact that they are on a page takes away their power.  When poets think about the way they format their work on the page, they are being artful, purposeful, but when prose writers do it, it is a gimmick, a trick.  It’s as if readers of prose are meant to mind meld directly with the words.  We imagine that the way the prose is experienced does not matter.  This is not the case.  Whether we are reading…

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Please lay still —
A whole universe
Is spinning

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— I long for a blank day, a clean slate washed across time —

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Balcony Garden, Hunter Hill, May 11, 2014

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Featured: Nemesia (“Sunsatia Mango”), Petunia (“Sunsatia Terra Cotta”).  The deep blue flowers in the background appear to be Linaria — at least that’s what the tag tells me 🙂 — but ot appears to be growing in a mounded manner.  Set in the corners of two baskets where both almost meet at the corner of the balcony, I’m hoping the plant will cascade over the leading edge of each basket.

For the photography buffs, note that (finally) I dragged out not only the Nikon D200 but a tripod as well.

Oh, the effort!

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