The facts never total up. My friend Wayne
Muller, author of Sabbath: A life of being,
having and doing enough, writes, “We actually
have no idea how to make things turn out the way
we want. It is far better to be willing to be
surprised by the wonder and grace of how all
unfolds, unaffected by either our permission or
This unfolding … that’s where poetry comes in.
When writing a poem, I promise myself I will not
know the ending, and if I do, I write past it.
Almost always the poem surprises me with
revelation—something always there, but only
through contemplation and writing am I able to
One way to more wholly explore your
possibilities is to consider new frames for your
thoughts. How? Watch my
TEDx talk on The Art of
Another way might be to have a different
relationship with your thoughts altogether. How?
Join me and Buddhist teacher Susie Harrington at
The Grand Embrace: Writing and
relaxing into not knowingness, in La Sal, Utah.
What endings in your own life have you already
assumed? What wonders might be possible if you
didn’t know how your story goes? Why not see
what happens when you approach life like a
poem—with an infinite capacity for wonder,
curiosity, surprise and revelation.
Yours in the big conversation,
photo: Ben Lehman
|Slipping Into Something a
Little Less Comfortable: The art of changing
metaphors: That was the theme of my TEDx talk in
Paonia, Colorado, in February. How
might you change your life (and the world!) if you
could identify and change just one of the metaphors
framing your thoughts?
the TEDx talk
HERE—and share it with your
What Do You Call A Group of
Poets? A Heard! I’ve partnered with the San Juan
Independent to launch an interactive poetry map,
Heard of Poets: Poems from Colorado’s Western Slope.
Each week we feature a new poet.
Find it here.
Steep Yourself in Wonder—Join
me for a meditation and poetry retreat with dharma
teacher Susie Harrington in La Sal, Utah. Read more
about this event in my schedule.
New Book! My
newest poetry collection, Even Now, comes out
in August. It’s an elegant, provocative
collaboration of three-line poems and three-line
illustrations I’ve done with artist
Jill Sabella. To order, visit
Art Show! All the poems and illustrations for
the new book will be featured in an art show at the
81435 Gallery in Telluride, Colorado. The openings
will be on October 6 and November 3, 6-9, and the
art will be up through the end of November. If you
can’t make it in person but would like to purchase a
poem/drawing pairing for your wall, contact
Surround Sound—In the spring, Rosemerry’s
poem “Yet Another Layer,” inspired by artist
Keohane’s piece Tea Ceremony was chosen by
Paul Fowler to become a piece sung by the
Ars Nova Singers. You can hear a part of the
performance here and read a review of the
A Daily Dose of Poetry:
To read my daily poems, check
out my blog
PDF of Rosemery's 2016-17 Schedule here!
(for printing and emailing)