Tag Archives: travel

Not Rosaries Nor Missals – A Dress Freshly Made, 2016

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we kept
each others
letters

first steps
on the coals
cheering

each other
I used to give
out a lot

all I could
I had long
travels ahead

I always knew
even dreams
were shared

and trimmed
as a dress
freshly made

for the occasion

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“Not Rosaries Nor Missals” is a collections of poems started on July 2013. The poems, about a spiritual journey, have the habit of popping up here, for a maximum count of seven, in July of each year.

The older poems of the collection can be found, and read, using the search window to the right of this screen.

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PUNTO FOCALE di Anna Mosca (ITA vrs.)

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Here is a short video of a conference held a couple of weeks ago in Italy on the Focal Point of my artistic path. Where poetry and photography meet. By next week-end I will have the English version ready. Meanwhile, I’ll say, enjoy my photographic presentation.

Ecco il breve video di una conferenza tenuta il 21 Maggio, a Monza per Poesia Presente, niente meno che alla saletta Reale della stazione! Mi è stato chiesto di presentare il punto focale della mia ricerca artistica, dove e perchè la poesia si incontra con la fotografia. In poco più di un quarto d’ora vi racconto il percorso di una vita e spero che sia il mio lavoro fotografico che quello poetico vi muovano dentro e vi aiutino a capire il mio cammino. Attendo i vostri riscontri. Buona visione e buon ascolto…

Il video comincia con un sussurro di note, non alzate il volume.

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Poetry From The California Notebooks 2016

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can we talk
about the transparency
of the soul

its light
weight and odd lack
of shape

artists
maddening over it
one piece

at a time
being revealed yet not
always

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On Clouds From The California Notebooks 01

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I’m not knowledgeable
on climatic changes

the way the winds go
on high or low pressure

I didn’t keep my head on books

but clouds those I know

teaching us
how to be in life

the best ones being
those moving fast

giving no resistance
to life happenings

they follow whatever
wind coming their way

you see them glorying

and soon happily gone

busy dancing
life out

no time to pout – others
grow dark and sit dense

giving headaches

to some of us

they build resistance
to any life changes

no escape
the heaviness

they create
will break on us all

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This poem is in the first volume of “California Notebooks”. To get your own copy  click here

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California Notebooks 2016 – Bear Creek

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the name says
there’s a bear who
owns a creek down

the cove deep down
where man made
circles of rocks

to trap the water
which will trap
the sky reflection

feeding their soul
while entertaining
some fish as well

each one dancing
to their own
destiny notes

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California Notebooks 2016

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I realize we
do not need more
cosmic abstractions

nor painful flights
to the Himalayas tip
for the misty fog

that sometimes
surrounds us in
a cage of boredom

to wane at the sound
of us being liberated
as we simply focus

on what we know
now that we didn’t
know last week

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The Italian Season

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there was a time
and a place where

I would see spring
coming on black
trees bare in the snow

the people wearing dark
coats un-cladding into colors
as leafs starting to show

smiles on stressed faces
a ray at a time slowly
breaking through

a cloudy sky

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Indian Wells, 2015

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at loss when trying
to describe no matter
how many words may
be there for me

the deep blue hues
of the sky over here
as I struggle I also
resign cause my eyes

sunken deep in the
heavens see beyond
words we have been
there me and a tiny

humming bird almost
landing on my hand
making sure I had
my good look at

perfection

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Being From The California Notebooks, 2015

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stand always
at the beginning of things

keep that attitude
as your compass in life

you are never at the
end it will never be

the end of the world
but always for us

the beginning
of anything new

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This is the closing poem to my new poetry book California Notebooks!  I will send you updates soon as the date of release on the international markets is almost here… have a nice day! 🙂

 

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News and Update On California Notebooks

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News and Update On The California Notebooks

Hello every one, as some of you know California Notebook – the book – is soon to come out! Magic happens. It’s like you are in a big dark storm, yes – lately my life has been quite complicated – and all of a sudden you see that glimpse of light, that gold ray coming through. Wow.Desert pics close up watermarked copy
The project started with an unexpected trip to California, a couple of years ago, to the southern desert of the Coachella Valley, in the middle of the summer. Ah, was that a wise choice? Not to the plain mind but I followed my intuition. The heat and the light stroke me silent and I started to observe all that was around me, how my emotions were responding to it. Well, that is what a poet does, and I’ve been a poet for quite a while. I’ve also been a photographer for a long time and having taught photography for years I was now playing with vintage photographs. The desert was really photogenic, no doubt.

When I returned home to Italy I was changed and I could not stop thinking about the magic atmosphere I had just experienced. desert tripod smile smallI did some work at the Art Academy in Milan where I had been teaching, took care of my student’s fall semester exams, and took off again to California. You must know it’s a trend of mine, this one, to travel to chase the light that showers on foreign places, to collect photos of this miracle and then to set up some art shows in Italy. A few years earlier I started to combine poetry with photography and The London Hours turned out to be a great book. Some of the poems were published right here – on this blog – and were chosen for some video poetry and public performances.

Then many more collections followed, most of them published here on line, of the Italian Riviera light, of the French Riviera light, of some Italian lakes light and so on. I must admit Southern France had its spell on me for a long time. That is the land where the Impressionist drank the light in and came up with such innovations in art and it’s a photographer’s heaven. For several years I rented a studio on the coast and crossed the border that was not a border any longer. Now it’s the California Notebooks turn.

Trips unto silence, meditation and peace, basking in the boldest light. Walks into the desert and into one’s soul and memories. I know some people just don’t get it, but many of us do, considering the numbers of my beloved subscribers. Thank you for traveling this road with me! The life of an artist it’s fascinating and it’s also a destiny I believe. It’s not like I can walk away from it and do something else without feeling miserable because I’m trying a 9-5 job, with paid vacations and sick days. I work constantly and try to stay healthy, plus creating is like taking a trip toward a better life, mine and yours I hope. I love to enrich myself spiritually to be able to share with others.

BRIANZA BOOK FESTIVAL 2015 by Gianluca Carrara copySo, this summer I’ve grown a nice garden in Italy, did some good public readings on the California Notebooks in several places and walked up the impervious road of an elderly relative’s sickness. I never took a break, had no vacation, never visited my beloved Mediterranean sea once. Instead I’ve done a lot of planting, feeding and worked on the book; it will be a good one.

I will keep you posted on the progresses, meanwhile please let me hear from you, it will be nice. Are you rejoicing with me and will partake of this?

💫 Grateful you are enjoying what I share weekly, I love having you here!

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Stillness From The California Notebooks 2015

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wind tending
the lonely trees

too tall to reach
a few visits here

and there clouds
birds the music

played by the wind
kissed by the sun

caressed by rain they
get more attention

without moving
some of us do
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Dreams From The California Notebooks, 2015

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my feet are crossed
in bed casually

as if I were laying
under an apple tree

on a motionless
summer afternoon

with arms bent
and opened up

around my head
wings as I travel

the darkened road
one deep breath

after another
to dreamland

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Dreams from The California Notebooks, 2015

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last night I fell in bed
my body loaded

with past worries
each limb lead

I placed my hair
nicely around my head

shutting doors and eyelids
I entered sleep

many worlds were there
I was light going places

there were miracles
even healing and justice

done I played them over
and over going back as

many times as my rest let me
when awakened I was no good

I could not return to life I clung
stoutly to each dream in a doze

in a willingness to believe
the alchemy of transferring

dreams’ revelations into
the actual daily thinking

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Grateful For 2014, grasp the best of today!

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I wish to express my up most gratitude to all of you for the appreciation shown in 2014 and to wish to each one of you to grasp the best of today, and tomorrow, when it comes, I’ll do the same. This is how I’ve learned to wish you a Happy 2015. Life is one step at a time, day by day we ought to count our blessings. Today I’ve you, thank you.

Hoping to have you here in the days to come.

Below is a collection of the poems you liked the most this past year. I though you may like to read them again, when you got the time, or to notice one you may have missed. Enjoy them!

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compare love
to water
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in its many manifesting
ways
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solid and fluid
misty and evaporating
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going up and coming down
never ceasing existing
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always present
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one form or
another

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https://annamosca.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/california-notebooks-2014/

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wishing for one more
soundless day
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swimming quietly
at the bottom of
a sea of written words
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– squealing and chirping
if any outside
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the time held
between night
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and day between
sleep and awakening

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it is so
that every morning
I go about pressing the foot
on the same path that’s how
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habits are formed good ones
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I’ve learned in between
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steps to make treasure of
observation new revelations
as they come blossoms
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in presence

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California Notebooks, 2014

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when I thought
I could not discern
or love life

lost in fog right
and left I discover
only later I was

riding a beautiful
cloud from within
going places

unseen directed by
a master pilot an active
radar inside me

at constant war
lighting thunder
and bolts with mind

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