Monday, September 8, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
|The Bambina, waiting for it all to begin...|
|Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow.|
|Marching Band (The Bambino and I loved this!)|
|The Bambina declared this drum troupe the best.|
|Happy Bird Woman|
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Did you have a good time at work?
because it’s dirty.
©2014 Maria Scala
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
It's been an amazing five years working with Cassie Premo Steele on her Birthing the Mother Writer column! Typically, Cassie will write a piece focusing on one aspect of being a mother writer, and then invite readers to respond to a writing prompt.
Cassie is about to take a (much-deserved) five-month break from her column, and this time around her editor (that would be me) has written a response, including a poem called "September." Here's an excerpt:
“September” came about in response to Cassie Premo Steele’s most recent column “Renewal: Beginning a New Season in the Mother Writer Life.” I am anticipating that my own renewal as a mother writer will come in the fall when my son joins his older sister full-time at school. In writing this poetic response, I have internalized what Cassie points out about planning and trying to control: “Life doesn’t work like this. It certainly is never as smooth as we would have it be in our plans. Neither is mothering smooth nor plan-dependent.”Continue reading over at Literary Mama!
Friday, April 11, 2014
with a rust-coloured rug
Nights we whispered
about the street
where we'd live
side by side.
Turned out differently.
I put down the phone
and start tidying.
You are the one
who showed me how
to make my bed.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
For this type of found poem—the Cento—I borrowed one line from five favourite poems and rearranged them into something new:
The white nails of rain have dropped and the sun is free.
All that is new is telling the truth.
The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
You'd sing too
over the sea, over the smoke.