Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Congress Hall Weddings -
On April 22 - I play the Wedding Road Show
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Pieces of the house
jagged lumber, rusty
nails, crumbling over
underlayment, the damp,
the dank, the rot pulled
away, carted away,
weighed, paid, left
to fill land far away.
Victims rebuild after
storms, measure the damage,
estimate the cost. I wait
for the adjuster to write it all
down: The mimicry behind
the remains of our home.
You and I are too much weather
that needs to blow through
before we can make eye contact,
never earlier than any next
cock crow. I check my house
like a mirror in the morning.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I am musty
he a first edition
We have read
each other biblically:
calm psalms, an exodus
and borrowed to archived,
and shelved, our spines
are rarely cracked anymore.
That raucous rachis not even
preserved in the afterword.
Something in the smell of an old book:
the glue, the ink, the acid from a lover's
hands. A fragrance passed on to infuriate,
infest, indulge: sticky to the last
page. I can rest between
the covers of this story
heavy like a brick in my hand.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
My 11:20 Rhetoric and Composition class met Gabriel Thompson, the author of one of their assigned novels . This is the second semester that I have included his book, Working in the Shadows, in my syllabus. During the winter break I emailed Gabriel to see if maybe he would be interested in making the journey down the GSP from NYC to speak to my class. I was thrilled when he promptly wrote back.
Definitely intrigued! I'm relocating to California in May, so wonder about doing something before then, perhaps in early April? I wonder if the school could pay for travel? I don't own a car and so would buy train ticket I assume, and would be great if school could cover that.
Let me know!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
This winter I have hit the oven, not in anger or in Sylvia despair. I am baking my way through January and enjoying the delectable outcomes as well as the residual heat. Generally with baking the rule is to be scientific; follow the directions verbatim, blah blah blah! I did that once or twice with excellent cookie recipes from Cooks. The cookies were delicious, maybe a tad too sweet, or not quite as healthy as I need my yummy treats to be. So I have reverted to my old cooking habits of substituting, modifying or adding to every recipe and I have come up with some luscious results. So in lieu of the poems I should be writing and posting, here is the first of a few tried (and truly eaten) cookie "directions."
Many banana cookie recipes yield "mini banana bread" textured cookies. The following cookie "directions", however, are chewy when cooled . AND the aroma from the moment the banana gets mashed and melts into the deep notes of dark chocolate fills the kitchen with sweet desirous smiles. Enjoy!
BANANA- PECAN CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL COOKIES
1/2 cup pastry flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large)
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper
2. Whisk together flours, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl.
3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with an electric hand mixer; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add egg & vanilla; mix until combined. Mix in banana. Add flour mixture; mix just until combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and walnuts.
4. Drop dough by heaping Tablespoonful onto prepared baking sheets , spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake cookies until golden brown and just set, 12 to 13 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool completely.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative of Southern Bergen County presents:
This program is held at the Williams Center for the Arts,
One Williams Plaza, Rutherford NJ
Call the Rutherford Public Library at 201.939.8600 for more information.
Poetry in Rutherford
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Rosemarie S. Sprouls and
Plus the words of William Carlos Williams
& open readings from the floor
Rosemarie Sonye Sprouls teaches writing at Richard Stockton College in
Pomona New Jersey, and performs as a celtic harpist around the metropolitan
area. She has an MFA from Brooklyn College and is the author of the
chapbook *More Possum than Turtle*, published by Big Table Publishing,
Boston. Her poems have appeared in anthologies and journals such as The
Red Wheel Barrow Anthology, South Jersey Underground, Identity Theory,
Stockpot, Lips, Muse Pie, Bear Swamp Road, ReWrites, The Little Magazine,
Junction, and Lunch.
Michael O’Brien was born in Decatur, IL, went to local schools and earned a
Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He is a professor of English in the
Petrocelli College of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ. His
poems and reviews have appeared in The Literary Review, Lunch, Muse-Pie
Press, Poet, Lips, Context South and numerous other journals. Mike has read
poetry throughout New Jersey and was featured at the William Carlos Williams
Center in Rutherford and at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, The
Village of Waterloo.
Mike’s first book of poetry, Absence Implies Presence, is the result of years of
disciplined effort. His work examines the condition of man, starting from when
our ancestors' gestural language turned into spoken, and then written,
communication. O'Brien's work is wise and thoughtful, concentrating on the
human condition in our own epoch, between the first speaker of the language
and the last. He currently lives in Bloomingdale, NJ with his wife, Moira Shaw
O’Brien, and their cat Saja.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I will be pulling my harp strings for all you shopping brides at Mallard Island Yacht Club http://www.mallardislandyachtclub.com/ for the first annual Long Beach Island Wedding Road Show.http://www.visitlbiregion.com/weddings/road-show-registration/