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My First Book of Poetry

In this life I’ve not travelled much outside North America. Go deep, an inner voice instructed, and so I let that happen first on the boundary waters of Minnesota and Ontario, and then in a convent beside the Red River of the North. In the middle of li…

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The Poet & the Bloodstone

Detail of Bloodstone Pillars, Catedral de Ávila, SpainI am happy that this poem will be  published in the forthcoming Deep Travel anthology.  A bit of backstory:Saint Teresa of Ávila and Charles-Axel Guillaumot never met. …

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Poetry in Five Minutes or Less

For this year’s National Poetry Month, I shared lickety-split bits of micropoetry each day on Instagram. My rules: use photos I took each day and write the poetry in five minutes or less. (This was a fun break from my norm of a bazillion revi…

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The Word-Painting Project

Many moons ago, in a land far, far away, my life completely changed. I had been working for two years in Germany, living an art-filled but spirit-empty life. On a whim, I took the train to Switzerland to a theological commune my parents had told me abo…

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Entering the “roaming stillness”

The book stacks were winning. Not the ones in the library—the ones by my bed: neat-but-towering stacks waiting to find room on shelves filled with the kindred books I love returning to. By the end of 2018, I had three stacks. Something had to be done: …

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#FutureSelfLove

This January, three things inspired/conspired to create this post…1) Earlier this month, I was traveling for work. My flights had the tightest layovers of any airline itinerary I’ve ever booked, and I barely made either connection. And though my checke…

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Happy All-Hearted Holidays

“All-Hearted,” painted at the annual women’s conference, Face to Face,Living Waters, November 2018May the art of the heart shape us.May we love with our skinny & big hearts,our new hearts & old hearts, our right-side up & upside-down hearts…

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Strange Thanks

On the last night of this holiday weekend, here’s a little poem—aka an excuse to share a cat painting! Cheers to gratitude—in all its expected and unexpected forms.Strange ThanksThe cat stretchesawake after dreamingof a bigger belly to fill with birds….

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Anna Elkins Presents Poetry of Process, Delve November 3 at Willamette Writers

Poetry of Process, Delve by Anna Elkins

Hi, Southern Oregon Friends! I’ve got a poetry announcement for those of you who love to write–or who just want to try it out. I’ll be speaking & teaching this coming Saturday, November 3, at the Willamette Writers monthly meeting in Central Point. It’s a two-part day: 10:00-12:00: Poetry of Process :: For the morning presentation, I’ll share my own process, practical tips, & poetry–including glimpses into the stages of my current manuscript–in all its messy reality. (Free for members & $10 for guests) 1:30-3:30: Delve :: During the afternoon workshop, we will all immerse ourselves in the writing process itself and emerge with a poem. Bring paper & your favorite pen or pencil. ($20 for members & $25 for guests) For more information, visit: https://willamettewriters.org/event/southern-oregon-anna-elkins/?fbclid=IwAR3p2Em-mjGx4CP5Vouf-633Xdgwm2nnVmBjhj3NT3OI6Tb3wDmqapEDiUo Or email: [email protected] May your week be a good one! Cheers & joy, anna elkins art + word + spirit annaelkins.com

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We Harvest Hope

October has been a month of poetry for me. I came home from a writing residency at Vermont Studio Center with a pretty-much-done manuscript and a very big smile! While there, I also committed to creating and sharing a bit of micropoetry + watercolor ea…

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