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Definition #312 Ants

Cover: The Roller Skating Ant

Cover: The Roller Skating Ant


by Daniel Hoffman

Theirs is a perfection of pure form.
Nobody but has his proper place and knows it.
Everything they do is functional.
Each foray in a zigzag line
Each prodigious lifting
Of thirty-two times their own weight
Each excavation into the earth’s core
Each erection
Of a crumbly parapetted tower —

None of these feats is a private pleasure,
None of them done
For the sake of the skill alone —

They’ve got a going concern down there,
A full egg-hatchery
A wet-nursery of aphids
A trained troop of maintenance engineers
Sanitation experts
A corps of hunters
And butchers
An army

A queen
Is nothing without the others, each being a part
Of something greater than all of them put together
A purpose which none of them knows
Since each is only
The one thing that he does. There is
A true consistency
Toward which their actions tend.
The ants have bred and inbred to perfection.
The strains of their genes that survive survive.
Every possible contingency
Has been foreseen and written into the plan.

Nothing they do will be wrong.

“Ants” by Daniel Hoffman from Beyond Silence. © Louisiana State University Press, 2003. Reprinted with permission.

Definition #310 “100 New York Calligraphers”

100 New York Calligraphers by Cynthia Dantzic

100 New York Calligraphers
by Cynthia Dantzic

On Sept 6th, 2015

at the Big Eye Gallery

in S Westerlo, NY,

(518) 966-5833


there will be a book signing and

Opening of Cynthia Dantzic’s newest book:

100 New York Calligraphers.

(Bob Boyajian and Jeanne Poland are among those featured inside)


Encompassing a wide range of calligraphy in many languages and hands, or styles, this book presents a visual treasury of works by 100 contemporary scribes, all of whom were either born in New York or studied or worked in the city. From English and its related Romance languages to a wide range of Asian and Middle Eastern alphabets and nonalphabetic characters, the more than 550 examples of beautiful writing create a rich visual smorgasbord. Traditional uses of hand-lettered calligraphy are shown, including event invitations and envelopes, certificates and awards, and quotes and sayings framed as artwork. The examples also include contemporary applications and nontraditional forms such as graffiti and experimental calligraphy that is not formed from readable characters. All are hand-wrought and human-made, using pointed or broad-edged pens, whether quill or steel, or a brush or other simple tool.

Size: 9″ x 12″ | 629 color images | 224 pp
ISBN13: 9780764348983 | Binding: hard cover

Definition #198 Piglet

fed that Piglette some cabbage by Jeanne Poland

fed that Piglet some cabbage
by Jeanne Poland

fed her some cabbage;

she broke into song: chanted

Gregorian thanks!

Definition #81 Visit

Calligraphy by Bob Boyajian and Jeanne Poland in tandem

Calligraphy: Bob Boyajian and Jeanne Poland in tandem

flourished strokes by folks:

soul-mates hearing grace’s chants

dancing lover’s steps

Definition #38 Brew


Peek-a boo Brew:

boil glue ‘n goo
soak shoe with rue
ferment spew of ewe
infuse coup with bleu
steep clue with chew
stew pooh, whew, and phew!

All rights 11-11-14
Jeanne Poland

New Blurb Book


Click on the link below to preview the book for free:

New Book: Patterns Haiku

Enjoy a free preview. Try to use the whole screen and turn the pages as you like!

Jeanne Poland 1978-1988

Jeanne Poland 1978

Jeanne Poland 1978

Jeanne Poland 1988

Jeanne Poland 1988

Afro to curly
ruddy cheeked smiley face
lover of letters!

Tongue Twister #12 Spanner Wrench


Please go to Catherine Johnson’s blog to see and hear “Hanna’s Spanna”

Here is my compliment tongue twister using the American tool name: wrench:

on a bench
with a wrench
left a stench.

Sniff it we did
‘n hid
the bench
with the stench
of the wrench
from the wench.

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