This World is Open

worldisopenWe have these stories about the perfect place. That first Biblical story of the land of love and fruit created in the image of the fruit-maker, the lover of all things sensory, all things finite and mortal. Potential blossomed on the vines trailing across the garden paths.

Paradise in the stories where people go to find the lost world of hope and opportunity, where the streets glisten with welcome and the seasons adopt the human to nurture through change. Continue reading

Poem Town

national-poetry-month-520x271I just submitted a grant application for a project I’ve been thinking about . . . maybe all my life. Poem Town. There’s some inspiration there from Edgar Lee Masters who created Spoon River Anthology, a collection of poems from former residents of Spoon River talking from the grave. When I taught high school, we always created a town and emulated Spoon River by collaborating on a cast of characters and then writing poems to go with each one. Imagining a town and its inhabitants and the stories that intertwine and create the community is an exciting, inspiring act. Continue reading

Dark & Scary

FIREIt’s almost here! Dark and Scary at the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry. We will check out the museum, have cookies and cocoa, and tell scary stories around the campfire when it gets dark.

DARK & SCARY
Oct. 25, Saturday
6-9 p.m.
Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry
Locust Grove

Bring a favorite scary poem to read. If you entered the Scary Poem Contest—come prepared to share your poem and take home a prize! FREE. FREE. FREE.

Beware the Sasquatch, the coyote, and . . . other scary things in the dark…..Let’s entertain them with poetry.

ROMP is easy to find. Click the Visit Us page. To Google the address or put it in your GPS, just type in Perkins Rd, Locust Grove, and you will find us. Call if you need help. 918-864-9152.

 

Arrival

creepy_creek_by_bugonawall-d3dy26bThe first place I looked was where the spring rounded the grove of oaks and began to widen into a creek shadowed by sycamores. The moss grew thick on the bare spots of earth where the sun only reached in winter speckles between branches. It spread across the rocks—outcropped on the edges of the creek and sunk into the bank sloping up to a path the deer and raccoon spent their lives making. Continue reading

Enjoy Art, Entertainment and High Tea at LGAA Fall Art Tour

ROMPoetry:

It’s This Saturday! Come to LG: Small-town heart & Big-town art

Originally posted on R.O.M.P.:

Willard Stone: "Something to Believe In"

Willard Stone: “Something to Believe In”

The Locust Grove Arts Alliance is hosting a Fall Art Tour that includes the Willard Stone Museum, the Gourds, Etc. Art Studio of Verna Bates and the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry (ROMP). The tour will be Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a reception following at 3:15 p.m.

This is a fundraiser for the LGAA. You can buy your ticket in advance from any LGAA member or come to the VFW, starting at 10:00 a.m. to buy a ticket. Tickets are $5.00 per person.

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