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March Slice of Life No. 8.
Poetry Friday.

Two weeks ago I tripped upon a sea poem by Celia Thaxter, “Seaward To ___”. I connected immediately with her words. {Perhaps because I love “all things sea.”} It was a natural next step for me to search for more, and liking what I found, I created a digital note page to which I copied some text and added hyperlinks. I knew I’d come back someday soon. . .

Today I’m enjoying the luxury of a slow morning: eating a late brunch, taking care of some business, reading and, of course, writing, as I wait at the hotel for my afternoon departure flight. Thinking about #PoetryFriday, I return to my Celia Thaxter page and begin searching for more about her and the Isles of Shoals. I am not disappointed.

My first find is a Google Books link to Poems by Celia Thaxter (1899) Such a wonderful find! It’s now in my library. That’s followed by An Island Garden. {Reading her directions of ridding her garden of slugs (pages 9-10) and cutworms (page 11) is like reading a story.}

Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835-1894)
… was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, June 29, 1835. Soon after, her family moved to the Isles of Shoals. I found it very interesting that her father was a lighthouse keeper {I love lighthouses, since the day I first climbed Cape Hatteras Lighthouse with my brothers}.

Later, on Appledore Island, her father built a hotel that became a gathering place for literary and artistic greats of New England during the late 19th century. Read more…

I was intrigued that Celia Thaxter’s garden exists today and welcomes summer visitors to walk the pathways among her flowers. {This could be a bucket list item.} Read more…

Portrait in front pages of An Island Garden

I fear this post will become far too long if I continue to share all things Celia Thaxter that I’m reading this morning. So, without further delay, here is one of her poems that I am enjoying. {I think it is sure to be one of my favorites.”}

Copy of a page from
Poems by Celia Thaxter (1899)

Quotable snippets: I find it difficult to select a favorite phrase, line or stanza in this poem. I think I must quote the entire poem.

Text-to-self connections: Ah, my passion for the sea and its shore is a powerful connection. But I also connect as a poet; the last line in stanza five reminds me of my poem “The Sea is Calling Me.”

Crafting: I’m marking this poem as a mentor text because it contains so many poetry craft moves. One that I’m still pondering: the use of enjambment that connects stanza 4 and stanza 5.

Which phrases, lines, or stanzas resonate with you?

What text-to-self connections have you made?

Which crafting move do you notice?


March 2019 SOLC–Day 8
Thank you to

Two Writing Teachers

This week’s
#PoetryFriday Roundup
is hosted by Catherine at Reading to the Core

Poetry Friday Schedule Jan – June 2019