The Poetry of Transformation

New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice B. Fogel on How to Explore Poetry's Strange Terrain

By Tracy Rittmueller | April 2, 2017

“Language as a tool to manipulate both mind and heart…snapshot of the human condition; of our mortality reflected in nature; the staying of time.” Alice B. Fogel Why poetry matters “Poetry will bring you significant new interactions with the world around you, with ideas and sensations, with yourself and others,” poet Alice B. Fogel wrote in Strange Terrain:A Poetry Handbook for the Reluctant Reader  (Hobblebush Books, 2009), “–not to mention that it will literally expand your mind. According to a study published in New Scientist, billions of neurons per millisecond light up like Times Square on New Year’s Eve whenever we read poetry.” Fogel …

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Marilynne Robinson on The Givenness of Things and Democracy

By Tracy Rittmueller | March 4, 2017

Did you ever try to write a poem attempting to capture a mind-to-mind, heart-to-heart encounter, sitting up half the night conversing with a brilliant person / kindred spirit, your heart bursting with a sensation of music, moonlight and the mystery of existence all mingled together? Don’t bother; it’s impossible to put into words. I’ve recently been savoring essays from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson‘s 2015 collection, The Giveness of Things. I’d like to share my feelings about this book with you. I attempted to put my sentiments into an essay, but instead of communicating the moonlit, musical, mystery of existence welling up in my heart, I came off …

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Hello world, I'm back; I've changed.

By Tracy Rittmueller | February 4, 2017

It’s been 16 months –almost the duration of two full-term-pregnancies–since I left the blogosphere. It’s been an Beyond the Looking Glass wild kind of adventure. Please forgive my mysterious non-disclosure about the details behind my disappearance. I’m keeping them quiet for 2 reasons: It’s too freshly painful to recount sensibly and sensitively–memoir needs a lens of distance to achieve objectivity; And more importantly; it isn’t entirely my own story to tell. I don’t want to infringe on the personal privacy of those who have accompanied me on this journey. Most importantly:  that story isn’t what this blog is about. In the post I wrote before I left, I predicted I would …

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Farewell Dear Friends, I Now Cross the Threshold into a New Adventure

By Tracy Rittmueller | October 20, 2015

I’ve made the decision to cast myself in the role of a hero, to cross the threshold into a new adventure.

How to travel the world through books and food: I went to Tibet with Sabriye Tenberken

By Tracy Rittmueller | October 12, 2015

Have you read a book that compelled you food to sample the food described, or tasted a new cuisine to enrich your understanding of a story? I went to Tibet with Sabriye Tenberken…

Perfect Peach Cobbler, for 2, for 6 or for 12

By Tracy Rittmueller | August 24, 2015

Is there anything better than warm peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream?

How poets and artists participate in art: or, blowing off steam at The Fells

By Tracy Rittmueller | August 12, 2015

A humorous look at “Art in Nature: 2015: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit” at The Fells in Newbury, New Hampshire.

Arugula-Radish Salad with Roasted Wild Mushrooms

By Tracy Rittmueller | August 8, 2015

This salad looks and tastes gourmet, but requires no special skills and is easy and quick to prepare.

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Oscar's Burritos in Boxborough, MA is worth going out of your way for!

By Tracy Rittmueller | July 23, 2015

Looking for a restaurant near Concord, or Harvard, Massachusetts? Traveling on I495 between Lowell and Marlborough? I highly recommend Oscar’s Burritos.

The Fibromyalgia Mystery is NOT Solved: How to Identify Yellow Journalism

By Tracy Rittmueller | July 14, 2015

A close reading of the “news” reveals that much of what we take for fact, is at best an entertaining opinion, often misleading, and sometimes harmful propaganda.