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June 2017

June 24th, 2017

Macomb Street

1960 to 2017. EPIC, end of an era, party at the family home on Macomb Street, Washington, D.C. New Chapter. New Challenges. Photos below taken by Nataliya Rostova.

End of an Era at Macomb Street

One last party

William Rivera & Elisavietta Ritchie will read at 7 pm, Thursday, 28 June, at Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Avenue, Kensington MD 20895, 301 949 9416. www.kensingtonrowbookshop.com Open reading follows.

Both have travelled widely and studied, lived and worked abroad, but both also are long active in literary circles in the Greater Washington Area. Their work appears in Innisfree, Gargoyle, Loch Raven, and many other publications throughout the world.

William Rivera lived many years in Mexico and France. etc.; and four collections: Noise (Broadkill River Press), Buried in the Mind's Backyard (Brickhouse), The Living Clock (Finishing Line), and his new CafÈ Select (Poet's Choice).

Elisavietta Ritchie, long a workshop leader and poet-in-the-schools, has lived in Australia, Canada, Europe, the Middle and the Far East, as well as Washington and on the Patuxent. She has twenty books and chapbooks of poetry, with two of Stories & Half-Stories. Her latest titles from Poetsí Choice Publishers are Reflections: Poems on Paintings, A Poetís Gallery; and Babushka's Beads: A Geography of Genes, on her Russian ancestors. Her new collection, HARBINGERS, is in press, also with Poet's Choice.

Last Hurrah Party
For the "Ancestral Home"
June 24, 2017
4 to 8 PM
3207 Macomb St NW
Washington DC 20008

Elisavietta (Lisa) Ritchie and Clyde Farnsworth are turning over the legendary Macomb St House to a new family.

This house has been the venue for numerous literary salons, musicales, parties and less reputable activities for the last 58 years.

We want to celebrate in a 'last hurrah.'

Please come.

Only if convenient, bring a bottle of what you like to drink and nibblies to help the celebration.

Logistics: there is street parking. The house is about 3 long blocks from the Cleveland Park Metro. The walk is pleasant.

RSVP.

May 2017

From Fred Wolven of the Ann Arbor Review: "Much thanks for these wonderful and amazing poems. I will publish these 5 in AAR 18: You Missed two Young Bald Eagles, Expiration Dates, Endeavoring, Pushing Through the Night, Strange Nightly Visitors

As usual your poems are marvoulous examples of fantastic writing. You appear to be as busy with your many projects. I trust you have the time to welcome in and enjoy the unfolding spring and forthcoming summer days! Should you ever like to recommend another poet to send their work, I'd certainly appreciate. We already have poets from some 7 countries for the next issue with many of our continuing contributors yet to submit.

Harbingers! A new book emerging. Lisa Ritchie is working with Poets Choice Publishing and hopes to complete this new book in the coming months.

April 2017

Working with Shelden Studios to produce a Revised edition of Timbot, A Novella in Verse. We have posted the old version to this link. Very excited about the new edition taking place within the next couple of months.
Stay tuned.

Timbot
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Recent acceptances from Topology journal; Ann Arbor Review; The Bay Weekly; Along the Shore anthology from Lost Tower Publications (which also took poems for several other anthologies edited by Harry Yang: Beyond the Hill, The Poetry of Flowers, Greek Fire, And The Tail Wagged On, Temptation).

Calvert Library in Prince Frederick has a special exhibit for Poetry, including my book, Guy Wires!

library display

March 23, 2017

Successful Book party on the birthday of Clyde H Farnsworth's father, Clyde A. Farnsworth, on Thursday, March 23, for both Clydes' TANGLED BYLINES and Elisavietta Ritchie's two books published in 2016, BABUSHKA'S BEADS: A GEOGRAPHY OF GENES and REFLECTIONS: POEMS ON PAINTING, A POET'S GALLERY. Also celebrated Cameron Ritchie's birthday, and her own many books.

book party

photo by Alexander Farnsworth

book party

photo by Alexander Farnsworth

book party

photo by Alexander Farnsworth

February 2017

BOOK PARTY! Clyde's Book Tangled Bylines arrives several weeks sooner than expected!everal weeks sooner than expected! Book party is on the birthday of Clyde's father, Thursday, March 23, 5pm onward, for both TANGLED BYLINES and my two published in 2016, BABUSHKA'S BEADS and REFLECTIONS: POEMS ON PAINTING, A POET'S GALLERY. Also celebrating Cameron's birthday, and her own many books.


Reflections

Reflections, Paintings and Poems from a Poet's Gallery by Elisavietta Ritchie launched by Poets Choice Publishing and the William Meredith Foundation


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creative memoirs

Creative Writing — Creative Memoir
aka: "Rewrite Your Life—Or Someone Else's" Workshop

SUMMER LOCATION: calvART Gallery

Wednesday, August 9, 2-4 pm

Bring about ten copies of up to 800 words (but have more in reserve in case we have time for more). Meanwhile wherever you are, stay hard at work creating, reworking, reading and with luck publishing! My missives to you all are getting longer and longer but I keep coming across interesting articles and poems to share. And events!

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We are all supposed to be reading, at least dipping into, this year's One Maryland One Book title, All American Boys, and/or at least thinking and perhaps writing about our own experiences with and ideas regarding race relations in schools, workplaces and on the street. The situation in the book is right out of current news. I've emailed you a book review which gives a good sense of the book, and if you at least dip into the book, you quickly see it vividly presents the language of today's teenage boys and their conundrums.

Reflections

Reflections, Paintings and Poems from a Poet's Gallery by Elisavietta Ritchie launched by Poets Choice Publishing and the William Meredith Foundation


The Twelve

I am showcasing some selections of my translations online.
This one, THE TWELVE, by Alexander Blok, has now been revitalized and is presented here as an online book, very closely rendered to it's original formatting.

The graphic above will lead you to my translations page, where THE TWELVE can be found.

 

 

TELLING THE RED

I snap the geraniums in 400 ASP black-and-white
since that's in my camera. They catch sun from snow
piled outside. In my bay window they glow
what my mother might call rather a brazen scarlet.

Each single floret is tiny, fragile, but massed
in a greater sum, big as a fist,
they burn my palms with their light.
Even when petals shrivel, officially finished,

that pungent crimson stays bright.
Yet they print mere icicle gray.
One would suppose, seeing this glossy photo,
my geraniums pink, sappy lavender, white.

These leaves velvet green, must explain.
Recalling my mother's distaste
for what is passé, right before I shot
I clipped what foliage yellowed and dried.

My mother, whose birthday should be today,
insisted on positive attitudes. Oh, I can tell they
are red, she would assure me. Color is not
what matters here, but your composition.

Note interplays, variegated light against
curved shapes, indented, the pick-up-stix
grids of spaghetti twigs bearing blossoms or leaves
versus the thick main stems…You've let them grow

leggy, ungainly, dear, do cut them back...By the rotund
weight of the pots, one knows they are rusty brick.
The planes of ceiling and wall are white as the snow
on black branches outside. As for your voids–

I'm all too aware of the voids. And look! She'd point
to what I see only now, in the space of the pane:
Did you know you caught a cardinal in flight?
Male, you can tell by the crest. Very red.


[earlier versions ©1992 The Christian Science Monitor]


 

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