Patchwork is a craft for people of all ages. There is such a variety of shapes and designs to choose from that everyone should find something to suit their tastes and capabilities. Like other titles in the series, this book has been prepared with the beginner in mind, taking them through the methods and techniques in easy stages. However, it also features plenty of templates and patterns to inspire more experienced stitchers to try their hands, perhaps at a dazzling Mennonite star or delicate Hawaiian appliquâ€š.
THE TITLE: At the age of seventeen I discovered T.S. Eliot's poem "The Wasteland." The only part of the poem I could relate to was about "Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyante." Four of the tarot cards are invented by Eliot (Drowned Phoenician Sailor, Belladonna, the Lady of the Rocks and the Lady of Situations). Having invented my own Drom Ek Romani cards as part of my heritage, I could appreciate his imaginary cards with their mystical names. My first poem explains each tarot card and the second one details the Drom Romani although I make no claim to be a "famous clairvoyante." The other poems are a patchwork of subjects including tributes to Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, and other writers of music and poetry.THE POEMS: With the exception of several free verse poems, the others are a mixture of Shakespearean Sonnets, Terza Rima, Rima Royale, and, well, more sonnets. The poetry forms are very confining yet I attempted to make them all-encompassing in their little world. When writing the 22 sonnets for the Drom Romani I began speaking in rhyming iambic pentameter in my dreams. Does that make me a poet? I hope so. Failing that, a sonnet a day keeps senility away. I am hoping that whatever your age, you find enjoyment in my poetry.
A rat tells of his observations in "One Rodent's POV of humans. A young turtle is teased and banished because he has on doll clothes in "This Turtle Wears Clothes." In "The Puppy Love That Worked a Miracle", middle school magician Frank Barnhardt finds a magic wand left by a UFO. But can that magic wand help save a dying little girl? Members of a ghostly wagon train's good deeds are revealed as they journey toward their final rewards in "Heaven Bound Pioneers". More to read and more sharply edited for easier and leisurely reading.
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