November–Monday Meanderings


The month of November witnesses the transition from brilliant color splashes of autumn to the stark barrenness of winter. As I walk by the Truckee River or sit in my sacred space, looking out the window at the ornamental pear tree and the birds who drop by for a snack, nature offers inspiration, often only as an opening line to a poem. This morning, while walking the dogs, I discovered the body of a woodpecker laying on a boulder. In its stillness I was able to observe it in detail, the perfection of patterns in its feathers, the play of color, the blend of beauty and fragility. Later in the day, or possibly tomorrow, I expect a poem to write itself. A clear theme of dying, the reality of loss, reflects the change of seasons and my years of work with death and dying.

What influences your writing? How do your poems most often present themselves to you? Is it, perhaps, in the unfolding of your daily life, the prompts that are offered at dVerse and other poetry communities? Or is it always something unexpected, surprising?

I’m pleased to announce that print copies of Jacaranda Rain, Collected Poems, 2012 are now available through and are offered through all of their distribution sources. There are revisions and additions in this copy.

Cover Art: V. Slotto Photo: D. Slotto

Cover Art: V. Slotto
Photo: D. Slotto

I will revise the Kindle edition as well, as soon as I recover from an elbow tendonitis. In the meantime, I’m having to limit my use of the computer though, as always, I will visit those who comment, post (I hope) on Open Link Night and host Saturday’s Poetics. In the meantime, have a happy, productive week.


7 thoughts on “November–Monday Meanderings

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    Victoria, there is so much in this. First ~ the joy to see that photograph. Second the evolution of a poem. That is so much the way it happens for me ~ the sight of something and then a word comes. Third ~ there is a Buddhist practice (the name of which I can’t remember) where people meditate on a dead animal or a dead person as a reminder of our physical impermanence. And Fourth but not least ~ congratulations on the book. Hooray! I will announce and put the photograph up in the next Bardo news. I think we already did something, but we can do it again. Would you like to include a short poem in the announcement. Let me know when it’s convenient for you. Am thinking of doing one Sunday night, but I have to make sure there’s enough stuff this week to make an announcement. Be well. I’m sorry to learn of your elbow tendenitis. Hope that this evening finds you on the mend.


  2. wonderful and provoking questions ~ I’ll need to ponder. Faithfully Debbie


  3. claudia says:

    very cool…love how inspiration hits each of us in different ways… for me it can be a prompt or an observation like you wrote above or sometimes just a thought that develops during the day


  4. It’s always sad to see something that has died but there is something about seeing something beautiful so close up that we otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to. Much of my inspiration is drawn from personal experience, nature, emotions and the things that surround me.


  5. What inspires my poetry? Anything and everything. I have today started studying a new Open University course on ecosystems and I can see some linking poems about interdependence on the horizon.


  6. Hope your sales skyrocket ….


  7. brian miller says:

    for me it is usually as i go about the day…and i jot down either impressions or actions that take place…they usually sit there a bit until i have time to sit with them and start rolling them around to see what fits….


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