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For those of you who remember, I'm Penelope Allen who frequented LitOrg on a regular basis for many years and enjoyed my time immensely. It was a creative place for me and it led to me finally taking the plunge and getting a book of poems published.

Zodiac Zoo is a collection of 12 villanelles first posted here at LitOrg in 2008. Does anyone remember them?

Well, now they are in book form and brilliantly illustrated by Manitoba artist Stephen Cassidy.

My stupendous news is that yours truly is having her interview aired on CBC radio this morning [January 30th] and the podcast will hopefully be available for downloading later this morning or Monday.

North By NorthWest

CBC radio is the national broadcaster of Canada and it's always been my choice for radio listening.

So, imagine how thrilled I am to be a 'featured' guest on one of their shows reading poetry of my own creation!!

YIPPEEEEE!

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"Tigers bloom where there's oodles of room." Zodiac Zoo


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by Pen

Penelope
Props!


Salute

Game on!

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: January 30, 2011 )

Salud!
Congratulations on your successes, Penelope. You deserve the attention! I have always admired your poetry.

( Posted by: brickhouse [Member] On: January 30, 2011 )

Pen
Pen

As the saying goes- "You've come a long way baby"

Seriously you have always been one of my favorites- you've mastered a form(villanelle))that is quite difficult and made it seem easy- I remember them when they were on lit- loved them all-delightful and wonderfully entertaining-

I will be looking forward to hearing your interview on CBC- what a thrill-

God bless us Rhyming fools....:)


my warmest
Bob- Now known as The Red Cockroach

( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: January 30, 2011 )

@pen
Wonderful - good for you! Well deserved.

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: January 30, 2011 )

Local Girl Makes Good!!!!
I'm sooo proud of you my dear friend...it was only a matter of time! Am still trying to figure out how to get the station here in New Jersey...if you know...let me know!

Love ya,
Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: January 30, 2011 )

podcast posted!
okay folks
if you go to the link posted here ,, you will see on the right hand side of the page - podcast info
Go to January 30th or where you see my name and John Valliant and right click on the link which should download the MP3 of the entire broadcast which runs from 0600 to 0900. A hint, I'm on between 0800 and 0830.
Hopefully this works as well for everyone else as it does for me!
You also have the option of just listening to the podcast without the download. I find it easier to download it.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: January 30, 2011 )

Midnight the Cat says
Like my favorite childhood radio character, Midnight the Cat," on the BIG JOHN AND SPARKIE always said, Penelope, "NICE." (May be before your time, LOL but I bet some remember Midnight the Cat.

I would imagine that reading any villanella is almost as difficult as writing it.

But your feeling of euphoria at hearing it yourself was exciting. My first was my short story "MEEOW!" that was read on Richmond VA Public Radio a couple years back. The lady, Angie Alston of Richmond, beautiful, beautiful mother of 5, also wonderful poet, really made the story sound as exciting as I imagined it. She is Super, by golly, I never thought of it, but I will invite her to come to Lit.org. she is so fantastic.

Again, good work, Penelope.
Ron aka Veebdosa

( Posted by: veebdosa [Member] On: January 31, 2011 )

Angie Alston Poetry
Oh I forgot, MEEOW was posted on lit.org

Also, Angies poetry on the net, Angie Alston.

I will try to get her here.

( Posted by: veebdosa [Member] On: January 31, 2011 )

@ veebdosa
Quote:
I would imagine that reading any villanella is almost as difficult as writing it.

That's where you are wrong. A villanelle usually rocks right along and encourages children to echo the repeating lines.

As to the rest of your comments ... well .. nice of you to get your plug in.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 6, 2011 )

Why Some say Shakespear killed himself....
Villanella, of course, was musical in form and material first, being Italian made no sense to anyone.
It is a "form" some poets have made meager attempts at making popular, only to give up in despair and go away shaking their heads and not bothering anyone about it again. I know of no children who are turned on or off by it, all most of them have to say about the villanella (the poetry form)is "Huh?" although some children have been known to pretend to be dancing to the musical form.

Villanella (the poetry) is the first reason college students skip the next Poetry Appreciation class when they know it will be next Tuesday.

Some students have threatened suicide if the teacher, usually a PhD, makes writing a villnella a requirement to pass the course.

( Posted by: veebdosa [Member] On: February 6, 2011 )

villanelle
[quote]Villanella, of course, was musical in form and material first, being Italian made no sense to anyone.
It is a "form" some poets have made meager attempts at making popular, only to give up in despair and go away shaking their heads and not bothering anyone about it again. I know of no children who are turned on or off by it, all most of them have to say about the villanella (the poetry form)is "Huh?" although some children have been known to pretend to be dancing to the musical form.[/quote]
Maybe you're confusing villanelle with villanella?
Whatever you believe about children being .. um .. ambivalent .. what I know is what I know and children from all corners of the globe love repeats.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 6, 2011 )

just for veebdosa
Villanella
Pay close attention to the not to be confused part. Glad to be of help just in case you don't thank me.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 6, 2011 )

for veebdosa
Dylan Thomas Villanelle
This is the one I referenced in the preface for my book.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 6, 2011 )

cross reference link
Veebdosa's blurb

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 8, 2011 )





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