Poet, Playwright, Workshop Facilitator
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Welcome to daily nature photo and creative writing blog, #NewThisDay

Welcome to my daily nature photo blog

Writing from My Photo Stream ~ Kelly DuMar


#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream


The Charles is greener than when I left it 11 days ago, and peaceful on my return. It was a very long way home from Ardeche back to Paris back to Boston, and today, what there was of my walk was very short, from house to river. Peonies I planted two years ago, bright purpling bulbs, are a cheerful welcome; my father's favorite, planted in his memory. Oh! And a sweet post card came in the mail from Sky Island Journal, handwritten from the editors. They will publish my poem, "Samara," inspired by the maple wings that twirl from branch to earth each year in the spring. Sky Island is based in New Mexico, and because New Mexico is a landscape I love, I sent it to them when I saw their submission call. I sent it quite a few other places as well, but Sky Island replied first - they wanted "Samara" with passion and enthusiasm; they told me exactly why they loved it, with specificity and admiration.  It makes me so glad that this poem I wrote with such honesty, which came as such a surprise, has found such an appreciate home – in a sky island. 



. . . Isolated yet inclusive, sky islands are home to the lean and the rugged, the specialized and the independent, the tenacious and the beautiful. They are home to the native as well as the exotic. They are home to those who would rather see than be seen—home to the wild and the wild at heart. They are some of our favorite places, we think, because we can relate to them; sky islands embody everything we appreciate about writers and writing.
— Sky Island Journal

All photos and text copyright Kelly DuMar 2018 unless otherwise attributed