Monday, April 9, 2012

Poetry Patio

 Poetry Patio is now open so come on over and take a look.

Visits and Verse will stay open here indefinitely, but for now its status is inactive. 


Monday, April 2, 2012

An Upcoming Move

I'm making a move over to Wordpress and appreciate your patience as I get things set up. I'll put a link here as soon as I'm ready.

More information about my Poetry Patio to come soon.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Poem, "Veiled Lady"

Veiled Lady 
by Lori Lipsky
~A tribute to sculptor, Raffaelo Monti

In Monti’s block of marble
Hard, cold, dense
Hid the portraiture of a virgin
From the hands of the trompe-l’oeil master

He polished shoulders smooth
Shadowed eyes, softened brows
Hard stone transformed to delicate
In the sculptor’s hands

Note: Trompe-l’oeil is French for 'deceive the eye', an art technique involving imagery in order to create an optical illusion. The Veiled Lady is on display at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. Institute of Arts

Monti's Veiled Lady

I am scheduling a break from writing posts at Visits and Verse. I plan to use the time to write verse, submit for publication, organize my messy desk, clean house, and hunt for my missing camera (it's tough to keep up the blog without my camera). 

The plan is to return after spring break. Look for notification on Facebook, or sign up for e-mail delivery.

Thank you for your support of Visits and Verse.

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Poem "Assembly Required" by Michael Keshigian

Assembly Required by Michael Keshigian

In bits and pieces
they fall from heaven,
disassembled snowmen,
one flake after the other,
strewn about the countryside,
discovered by those young at heart,
and with a dash
of imaginative insight,
they roll a gleeful creature
in their own image.
No directions needed.

Assembly Required was recently published by Bolts of Silk and is reprinted here by permission from the author, Michael Keshigian.

For more information on Michael Keshigian, for information on his books or to read more poems by him,  check out his site: http://www.michaelkeshigian.com/

Keshigian's latest chapbook, Wildflowers was published by Flutter Press  and released in November 2011. Wildflowers is available for purchase at the Flutter Press site.

Friday, February 17, 2012

"A Snow Day Hue" is published by Everyday Poems

I am happy to announce that my poem "A Snow Day Hue" has been published and appears today on the Everyday Poems site.

Everyday Poems is a blogzine by Every Writer's Resource. If you enter your email address at their site, they offer to send you a poem via email on a regular basis. I've been receiving their poems for over a year and I'm thrilled to have a poem of my own published by them

I invite you to click on the link and check the poem out.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Good Book Can Take Us All Sorts of Places

Recently I ran into the phrase, "…All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well" while reading Madeleine L'Engle's A Circle of Quiet. The words kept coming back to my mind over and over the next few days. I decided to look them up and see where they originated.

Multiple sources credit Julian of Norwich, a 14th century mystic, with the words. According to one source, it's "one of the best-known phrases of literature of her era."

Here it is below written another way:

All shall 
be well,
and all shall 
be well,
and all manner
 of thing
shall be well.

I like seeing it and reading it like that.

Norwich cathedral facade, photo by Jerzy Kociatkiewicz, UK 

A white statue of Julian of Norwich stands before the Norwich cathedral, Norfolk, UK. And atop the cathedral sits a great little steeple.

Have you read a quotable book lately? I recommend Madeleine L'Engle's A Circle of Quiet.

Thanks for being a part of Visits and Verse. Have a pleasant weekend.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Tribute to a Fine Voice: Whitney Houston

Something different for today. A tribute to vocal beauty.

Beauty worth visiting.

Here (click on link below) is a recording of a remarkably beautiful voice at its peak matched up with a striking melody.  I'm thankful to have had the privilege of hearing her sing. Not in person, just via recording, but that's enough.

With this song, the artist leaves for "us" a wish for joy, happiness and love. It's worth the 4:42 listen, I think.

Thanks for dropping by. 



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