Fancy & Emily of New Moon
“Here’s your one chance, Fancy, don’t let me down.”
I was introduced to Anne of Green Gables at summer camp, at naptime, by Jennifer, the girl from San Angelo in the bunk below me. She loaned me Anne with an E, and I was instantly captivated. I eventually read the whole series, but never anything else by L.M. Montgomery.
Until now. Until Emily. Who has me a little freaked out.
Emily with her flashes and her feelings and her poetry. I feel too seen. Golly, I thought I was special, but nope, I’m like her.
And yet I can’t pull my reading eyes away. Montgomery is clearly writing a hero’s journey, and a poet’s hero journey, no less.
Read the rest at Project Redux
And … here’s my Emily poem, from the fabulous chapter titled “Romantic But Not Comfortable”
Romantic But Not Comfortable
inspired by Emily of New Moon
Anyone foolish enough to have been twitterpated
knows love is all elbows and pollen.
One minutes your thumper
foot won’t quit thumping, and the next
you’re scribbling verse that would wrest a wince
from even the Wind Woman.
These young bucks with marriage on their minds,
those does that flirt without meaning
all assume heartsease. No—
love is a spring storm.
The power goes out and the water runs where you don’t want it
and you huddle together with your newfound beau—
his legs too long
your mouth trembling too much to kiss.
“Megan Willome has captured the essence of crow in this delightful children’s collection. Not only do the poems introduce the reader to the unusual habits and nature of this bird, but also different forms of poetry as well.”
—Michelle Ortega, poet and children’s speech pathologist