As I write to you, it's cold here in the Southwest desert, but the sky is blue and wide open. For me, strength and replenishment are often found in the sky, the mountains, the desert. And other people's poetry. This feels like a golden age of poetry in many ways, and I am bowing my head in gratitude to our poets.
My wife and I have been isolating per public health directives since February 2020. Perhaps that's why the website got a new design, and this newsletter is finally in the works! We miss our friends, and I miss writing in coffee shops.
Despite concerns about vaccines and the speed of these new ones, we'll both be getting the new vaccine when it becomes available to us. It's our social obligation to our community and each other. The upside: we are both well and good, even if working to lose our pandemic-gained weight.
Like many Americans, we are deeply concerned about the survival of our Democratic Republic. We wish Biden and Harris godspeed as the new administration is seated in a few days.
With everything going on in the world, it feels superfluous to launch the newsletter now, but here it is.
Meanwhile, below you'll find my latest news; both tidbits small but mighty in their way. News about my work will come first to newsletter subscribers.
The newsletter will be sent out around the 15th of every month. I'll also be writing about my novel and perhaps a bit about my writing process. If something super cool happens, you might receive one off-schedule.
Stay safe, and stay kind and curious about the world, my friends! Thank you for subscribing and reading.
Postcards of the Pandemic
All writers, perhaps most humans, have rituals. Part of my morning ritual is a practice writing haiku. Not good haiku. I'm not even a poet. But writing haiku is a way to bring the self to the present moment to prepare for the day's writing.
Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf selected my senryu for their "Contact Tracking Project," a series of postcards depicting experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Very cool project. I'm honored to be included.
What's a senryu, some of you ask? A haiku without nature.🤣 A senryu follows a haiku in format: 3 lines - 5 syllables / 7 syllables / 5 syllables. While a haiku is a poem depicting the natural world, a senryu is a poem about human behavior. Yeah, something like that.
If you'd like a postcard, drop me an email with your snail mail address. I can't guarantee you'll receive my senryu, but it will be a postcard poem from the project addressed to you by me. I'll send them until the postcards are all gone.
Last fall, I took a Flash Fiction workshop taught by K.T. Sparks. The workshop was given through the annual Taos Writers Conference, which was held online for the first time. I thought to take the workshop because I didn't know, not really, what flash fiction was about. As a creative person, embracing the scary thing is a personal creed, a way to keep growing.
K.T. opened my eyes wide open about flash fiction. There's even flash nonfiction! In short: flash consists of stories or essays a thousand words or less in length. Flash fiction seems to me to be a cousin to poetry, much like plays can be.
"Descanso" came out of K.T.'s workshop. I highly recommend her as a teacher. Her first novel, Four Dead Horses, comes out in April. Can't wait!
My stories often explore loss, grief, interconnectedness, and how—or if—we come back together after we've been driven apart. I'm deeply interested in life in all its forms (human, animal, feathered, not); concerned about our humanity and our survival both practically and spiritually.—JD Eames
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