Strange Dreams and Poetry Compilations

Jesi Kay

Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at www.octpowrimo.com.

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6 Responses

  1. Dawn D says:

    Fancy that! I can totally picture you as a writer in residence sort of person, talking to kids of all ages about the wonders of poetry and inspiring life-long poets. You go girl!
    Aside from that, good luck with the Birthday party… It’s always mixed feelings about these, isn’t it? We love them and love to make our kids happy, but it’s so much work too, more than we care to admit!
    XO

    • Jessica says:

      Writer in Residence has a great ring to it. Actually, I have been having several dreams lately where I’m speaking to large groups of people about poetry and writing, which is ironic because I have a huge fear of speaking in front of people. This one is just the latest one. The previous one was completely brought on by the conversation we had about 50 Shades of Grey (which I bought over the weekend by the way 😉 ) and in it I was at some speaking conference in NYC and my “lecture” was about sex in poetry and how some of the poems most women think are romantic are rather naughty. And then I gave writing tips about how to write it. LOL! Yeah, I’m obviously open to suggestion subconsciously.
      I love parties. I just hate the cleaning up before and after. LOL. This one is just a small dinner party with my neighbors (Jack loves them!) but it’s the first time we’ve had them over for dinner so you just know everything has to be perfect to my standards which are high for me to begin with. I managed to get some of it done but all of the Christmas decor is still out because things have just been busy lately. Le sigh.

      • Dawn D says:

        If you did the writer in residence with primary age children, it wouldn’t be huge groups. And you already know how to approach these kids and what to do to grab their interest. Just think of it as rounding up a rowdy birthday party!
        I would totally go to a lecture of yours (if I lived closer, obviously!) about sex in poetry 😉
        I am very conscious that there is a lot of double entendre in poetry. There are great poems here that seem innocuous enough, and when you look at the first letters… Hmmm 😉
        I’m like you. I love parties, I just hate the cleaning up before and after. The good thing to remember is: you have extra sets of hands. Use them 😉
        I understand completely what you’re saying with having people over for the first time. I used to be like you. Now I’m thinking: I will do my best, but I won’t break my back or worry too much about it. If they don’t like what they see, then they don’t need to come back. I guess a stay in a psychiatric hospital makes you take a deep hard look at your priorities :-/

        Good luck, enjoy and all that!
        XO

        • Jessica says:

          Hahahaha…primary kids…I have trouble with Tornado and he’s 3…think I’d rather have smartass teens. At least I can relate. LOL
          Robert Herrick, Byron, and Shelley…all’s I’m gonna say…especially Herrick. And please, we all know Cummings. 😉 Actually, I think that particular lecture could be quite fun to do.
          I don’t normally worry so much about the cleaning up, but its “The Neighbors” lol. Plus, I’ve been doing little bits the past few days. And I’m only doing the downstairs…no one allowed upstairs that’s not family without permission. 🙂
          Sweetie, you need to just start emailing me. 🙂

          • Dawn D says:

            Remeber that, as an artist in residence, you don’t have to worry about them behaving, the teachers are there for that. But if you start teaching teens about the wonders of Herrick and Cummings, you may want to double check with the head of school first 😉
            You need to remember that English is not my first language and that I never took litterature classes. I’m more of the nerdy scientist type 😉
            So no, I don’t know about Cummings 🙂
            I would REALLY enjoy that particular lecture 🙂
            I know exactly what you mean about the clean up. I used to do the same. I still do, but now my older kids are more worried than I am. I guess I did it more because my ex insisted on it, so now I am reverting to less drastic measures 🙂
            What is your email address? 😀

            • Jessica says:

              Go look up May I Feel by Cummings. Makes me smile every time. I was the English nerd (and history) but I LOVED Biology and took to it like I did English. And I am truly jealous of anyone who is a science nerd because I struggled with it and math.
              I’m going to spell out my email addy so I don’t get spammed. Just put in the appropriate symbols. It’s peaseblossymATgmailDOTcom. 🙂

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