"You can't reason with your heart; it has its own laws, and thumps about things which the intellect scorns"
--Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Blender of Love Digest October 2001

Keeping On

Despite the events of the past month, our need for human emotional contact continues, and the Blender of Love carries on. Many excellent pieces were submitted throughout September, and I believe that by balancing acknowledgement of our loss with continuing on as even a keel as possible we diminish the deeds that the world has witnessed.

Some fine works grace our front page this month, and there's other interesting (if somewhat goofy) news, this month's feature is all about the loveblender.com merchandise now available for online purchase.

Also, we've started a new survey question feature-- the first one being "What are your favorite five romantic movies?" (Free, no-catches site membership required to participate.)

--Kirk, Blender-Keeper

PS An odd note about the top quote... Mark Twain's Yankee was actually not talking about romance but about a fear of some (gotta be mythical, right?) ogres. The quote seems more appropriate given the metaphorical but very non-mythical ogres we now face. But we'll face them together, and we'll be ok.

Front Page Picks
Falling By Mo Roihl, Submitted by Kirk.
A sketch Mo put on my Palm Pilot when we first started going out.
MeSSeS By Misti.
Another result of a "Writer's Challenge". A little jumbled, but it has a good rhythm.
Knowing By Galadrial.
I like the theme, and the theme's summary in the final line.
What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, And Where And Why By Edna St. Vincent Millay, Submitted by scqueen.
I've always been a fan of Millay (especially this poem). There has recently been a bout of looks at her work and her life.
love muffin By angieubaldo.
A potentially "perverted haiku". Seems reminescent of Cookie Monster.
She's short! By MichaelT(), Submitted by MichaelT().
A prosey poem. Historically, it seems that I'm rather partial to short women.
Heartfelt By wistful.
An evocative piece with a nice form. Though I've always been lousy at arts and crafts.
september By kevin urenda.
Kevin Urenda on going on gracefully.
Contemplating a Face You've Never Seen By Toklas.
Captivated by the ending, which might be a begining.
Absence By J. E. Kane.
Makes the heart grow fonder, or go wander.
Forget me not By deevaa.
In memorial for September 11, 2001, yet not devoid of human romance.
pretending By Pepper.
from _Letters to a Young Poet_ By Rainer Maria Rilke, Submitted by Echolocation.
My poetry teacher at Tufts Peter Richards had me read this book. It's a good quote.
In my mind By Courtney.
Coming to terms with a new life.
Snap! By Graham Storrs, Submitted by graham_storrs.
This piece reminds me that not all griefs and trials and hopes these days are nation- and world-wide.
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