nichepoetryandprose

poetry and prose about place

please affix a 1 cent stamp

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Among my many genealogy projects is the study of a stack of 174 post cards sent to my Grandmother (Katie Clark) from 1906 to 1910.  The post cards are a record of her travels to the United States where she was studying to become a nurse.  To see more about this project, see https://nichepoetryandprose.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/a-stack-of-post-cards/

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The stamps used to post the cards make an interesting study.  In the early 1900s, it cost 1 cent to send a post card in both the United States and Canada.  The postage requirements are printed in the upper right hand corner of this undated post card.

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Since the post cards were mailed in both Canada and the United States, I have examples of stamps from both countries.  The numbers in brackets (below) indicate the number of stamps I have of the type for a given year.

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Canada

Green, Edward VII, perforated, 1 cent, 1906 (2), 1907 (7), 1908 (9), 1909 (8), 1910 (41), unknown date (10) (Note: King George V came to the throne in May 10, 1910, but stamps with his image were not issued until 1911)

Green, Cartier and Champlain, perforated, 1 cent, 1908 (1), unknown date (1)

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Very occasionally, people used a 2 cent stamp to mail a post card.

Red, Edward VII, perforated, 2 cent, unknown date (2)

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USA

Green, Franklin front-facing, perforated, 1 cent, 1906 (4), 1907 (5), 1908 (9), 1910 (3), unknown date (4)

Green, Franklin left-facing, perforated, 1908 (1), 1909 (9), 1910 (4)

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In the collection is one USA example of a 2 cent stamp.

Red, Washington, perforated, 2 cents, 1907 (1), 1909 (1)

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One card of the collection was mailed in 1913 to my Great-Grandmother, Mary Jane, Katie’s mother.

Green, Washington, perforated, 1 cent, 1913 (1)

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Since Katie also received two post cards from Mexico, two of the stamps are from that country.  They depict the scene on the Mexican coat of arms, an eagle holding a snake in its mouth.

Mexico

Green, Eagle Eating Snake, perforated, 2 cents, 1908 (2)

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When I was young, I collected stamps for a short time, sorting through cloth pouches of bulk stamps from all over the world.  Philately, the study of stamps, is not really one of my interests, but I did enjoy making a study of the stamps on my Grandmother’s post cards, mailed over one hundred years ago to help people keep in touch – the modern equivalent of a text message or e-mail.

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Copyright  2015  Jane Tims

 

Written by jane tims

March 4, 2015 at 7:37 am

conjunction

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March 1, 2015  'conjunction'  Jane Tims

March 1, 2015 ‘conjunction’ Jane Tims

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conjunction

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planets and moonlight whisper, scamper

into crevasses in the covered bridge

half-ton’s headlights enter

overwhelm the shadows

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chin velvet of Venus and Mars

sickle of mid-winter moon

truck lights startle a winter hare

erect on haunches, paw lifted

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frosted by sky-gaze, worshipping

the sliver of moon, dismayed

at desecration, round glare

of predator eyes

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fright to stop a heart

or flight to mobilize

hind-legs, straighten before

fore-legs turn

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and long ear shadows

quit the length of the bridge

ahead of whiskers, nose

and rabbit wisdom

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Written by jane tims

March 2, 2015 at 7:01 am

a preface for a poetry manuscript

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As followers of my Blog will know, I am working during these first months of 2015 to finalise, for eventual publication, a manuscript of the poetry I wrote for my ‘growing and gathering’ project (see the Category ‘growing and gathering’ for more information).

Now that the poetry is ordered within the manuscript, I have to pay attention to the ‘Front Matter’. This includes:

title:  ‘within easy reach’
dedication: the manuscript is dedicated to my husband

table of contents: a listing of the poems
acknowledgements: all the people I want to thank and the support of artsnb and the Creations Grant

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The above four items are straightforward.  I needed some information about the next three:

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foreword

preface

introduction

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Foreword: written by someone other than the author of the book, usually an authority – celebrates the work and provides credibility.

Preface: written by the author of the book – includes the purpose and scope of the work,  explains the origins of the central idea in the book, and may acknowledge those the author wants to thank.

Introduction: written by the author or an editor – includes information on the contents of the book, the author, and the audience.

Source: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/foreword-versus-forward#sthash.No5DaWpu.dpuf

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Many of the poetry books I have in my library do not include a Foreword or Preface, and Acknowledgements are often placed in the back of the book.  I find this is true of collections where the theme of the poems is not immediately obvious.  But collections about a particular subject, such as those about history, often have a Preface or Introduction.

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For example, Jack’s Letters Home (Cynthia Fuller (2006) Stable Cottage, U.K., Flambard Press) includes an Introduction. The book is a collection of gritty poems based on real letters written by a British soldier in the First World War.  The Introduction tells the soldier’s history, the story of how the letters were found and a little about the characters in the poems.

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I have two poetry collections by Shari Andrews.  Both focus on history.  Crucible (Shari Andrews (2004) Canada, Oberon Press) is an insightful collection of poems depicting characters and events in the life of Saint Catherine of Sienna.  It includes a Foreword by the poet.  The Foreword includes background on Saint Catherine of Sienna, information about the inspiration for the book, and acknowledgements.

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The Stone Cloak (Shari Andrews (1999) Canada, Oberon Press) is a collection of tactile, sometimes fierce, poems about the lives of settlers of New Denmark in New Brunswick.  The Foreword includes information about the poet’s connection to the community and briefly describes the history of New Denmark.  It includes acknowledgements.

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Although it is not a book of poetry, in an 1843 edition of A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens includes a brief Preface, consistent with the spirit (!) of his story:

I have endeavoured, in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each
other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it!

Their faithful friend and Servant, 
CD.
December 1843.

(Source: http://www.themorgan.org/collections/works/dickens/ChristmasCarol/3, accessed February 23, 2015)

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a salad at 'Heavenly Hash'

a ‘grown and gathered’ salad – leaves and flowers of violet, leaves of mint and dandelion, bean sprouts and green onions

 

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My poetry manuscript has a very specific theme – the ‘growing and gathering’ of local foods.  Since all of the poems are about a particular topic, I think including a Preface is appropriate.  I want the Preface for my manuscript to:

  • be short (less than a page)
  • inspire my audience
  • include the purpose of my poems
  • provide an overview of the contents

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When I was young, I always skipped the Preface of any book I read.  Now, I read the Preface first, eager to find information about the process the author followed in conceiving of or writing the book.

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Copyright 2015  Jane Tims

 

 

Written by jane tims

February 27, 2015 at 6:57 am

a moment of beautiful – shadow forest

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tree shadows, drawn on a sloped roof

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tilted shadows on snow, graphite stems, crowded trees

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pencil sketch of woodland, whim

of northern winter, slanted sun

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from the trees, truth, but the artist lies

maligns tree shape, size and colour

wind direction

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shadow trees without wild life

red squirrels and blue jays

seldom visit while light and pencil

sharpen their edge

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only phantom light in space

between sender and receiver

message warped, passed

from molecule to molecule

through lead and air

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Copyright  2015  Jane Tims

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'calligraphy'

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February 25, 2015 at 6:50 am

moment of beautiful – shadow on the snow

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shadow on the snow

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under the snow

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the shadow is a blue portal, a hidden way

to crocus places, sheltered where no drifting

snow or bitter wind comes howling

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frost-brittle maples creak

and chickadees crack seeds

of sunflower stashed

in tunnels shaped

by squirrels

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Copyright  2015  Jane Tims

 

 

 

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February 18, 2015 at 7:36 am

art auction – update

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At the end of January, 2015, I published a post about the 23rd Art Auction now being held at Isaac’s Way Restaurant in Fredericton, New Brunswick  ( https://nichepoetryandprose.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/art-auction/ ).

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Isaac’s Way organizes three auctions each year, each raising funds for children’s charities in one of four artistic areas: dance, art, music, and theatre. The art is sold by silent auction to raise funds for kids-in-need.  Since 2007, the auction has raised more than $92,200 !

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My painting for this auction, entitled ‘blue stone’, has sold.  I now have another painting to replace ‘blue stone’ in the auction.
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The new painting is an acrylic entitled ‘outside-in’ (24″ x 20″, unframed, gallery edges).  It is a painting of a dragon guarding a terrarium, based on a photo posted here ( https://nichepoetryandprose.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/one-small-green-world/ )

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The painting ‘outside-in’ was fun to do.  The outside has been brought inside in many ways – the mosses in the terrarium, the wood of the table, the vines, the fern pattern on the curtains.  And yet, the dragon turns to gaze out the window (sometimes his eye looks at ‘you’).  I used four main colours – Chromium Oxide Green, Burnt Umber, Titanium White and Phthalo Blue – and touches of Phthalo Green, Cadmium Yellow and Quinacridone Magenta.  To give shine to all the glass and wood in the painting, I used several layers of a tinted glaze.

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The more than 60 art pieces on display at Isaac’s Way will be for sale until May 24, 2015  ( http://isaacsway.ca/art/ ).  This auction will sponsor MUSIC lessons for kids.

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Issac’s Way also has, for auction and sale, paintings created live during Fredericton’s recent winter festival, Winterfesthiver ( if you are on Facebook, just look for Winterfest Art Auction 2015 ).

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I am so proud to take part in this worthwhile project.

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Copyright  2015  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

February 16, 2015 at 7:23 am

a moment of beautiful – shadow

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a shadow on the kitchen cabinet of a pine cone hanging in my dining room window

shadow

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frail interruption of light

ribbon without curl or selvage

pine cone without pitch

brief life from the ecliptic

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Copyright  2015  Jane Tims

 

 

Written by jane tims

February 11, 2015 at 7:01 am

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