Book party!

Let’s get drunk at the library
      and have a book party!
“What a good time!” she said
      in an excited whisper.

—Terri Guillemets

scrambled blackout poetry created from F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, 1925, Scribner trade paperback, 2004, pages 43–45

Desert weeds after heavy rains

Some weeds are nourishing, and some medicinal;
Some are beautiful, colorful, and downright flowery;
And yet others, even those that pop up one fine morning
as the tiniest innocent young sprouts of green…
are relentless, run riot, and are one hundred and ten percent determined as @#!% to @#!% up your @#!% yard if it @#!% kills the @#!% both of you!

—Terri Guillemets

Writing styles

After all these years I’ve finally pegged my writing style — simple, soulful, silly. —“Ink marrow,” 2009

On the days I’ve had too much coffee, my writing style turns to overcaffeinated spiritual warrior. —“Kiai!,” 2012

After thirty-four years of writing, I feel that I’m finally about to break free from my juvenilia phase. In a few more years. —“Self-taut,” 2019

—Terri Guillemets

Chocolate, tea, & the sea

Any good day can be turned into an even better day with a Johnny Depp movie.

—Terri Guillemets

P.S.  Chocolat, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, and Pirates of the Caribbean — in case you were wondering.

Tea in bed

Tea in bed? Come on.
Good heavens! ridiculous,
What the dickens?!

—Terri Guillemets

blackout poetry created from Charles Dickens, letter to John Forster, 1842 February 17th, Carlton House, New York, as published in Life, Letters, and Speeches of Charles Dickens, Vol. I, 1894, Houghton, Mifflin & Co., page 151