There are only four questions of value in life, Don Octavio.
What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for?
And what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same: only love.
Blender of Love Digest December 1999

The Big Rollover

Whether you hold with the spoil sports who say Millenium Eve is actually December 31, 2000, or with apologists such as myself who think 1 B.C. should do double duty as 0 A.D., the end of the 1900s is a big event-- much bigger than my capacity to celebrate it, at least. But it won't stop me from trying.

So, if the Doom-n-Gloomers who have predicted ruin and downfall are right (despite being pretty much wrong for this entire year), this is my final Digest, and I bid you all the fondest of farewells. More likely, I'll see you in this very same forum in a month, with more great poetry, good conversation, and a traditon that spans centuries. (Sort of.)

--Kirk, Blender-Keeper

Front Page Picks
a.m. By Sarah.
Seredipity Split By
"Holding Hands" By Lynn ...
These are pieces by three different women, all relatively prose-like, and each with a story to reveal. I like it when there is some kind of synchronicity within the frontpage picks.
a thousand words By The Guppy.
The Guppy's work always tends to stand out because of the care he takes with language; I think sometimes on this site, people lose the balance between the medium and the message, but Guppy manages it with great grace.
Famished By
This piece captures a lot of action in some interesting ways.
Quote From "Dead Poets Society" (1989) By John Keating (Robin Williams, screenplay by Tom Schulman).
Submitted by kevin urenda. I think this quote paints with an overly broad brush, but it uses some really stirring colors.
"What Is Your Verse?" By Toklas.
Spinning off the above quote- Toklas has a real gift for images.
Bright eyed
Nice Job
Two by ZoE. The first in the stars, the second returning to earth.
not thinking of you By Madison [].
Enough to make one wonder what an island rum cigar would be like...
Atlas Pining By Art Dog.
I sometimes worry that a classical reference is an easy to ticket for a submitted work to become a Frontpage Pick, but Art Dog's work requires no such device.
Tribute to BFC By Misti Velvet Rainwater.
Misti asked forgiveness for "another sappy one", but I think this piece is a wonderful tribute of longing, tinged with a dozen other feelings.
write me in By kate.
Three lines that study the conundrum of being in love with people with histories- I distrust the feeling that starting with a blank slate is the ideal situation, anyway.
Foreigner By LaReina. []
LaReina writes "This poem is about a German exchange student I fell in love with & visited years later after it was over"- readers may know it's territory I've explored in autobiographical fiction as well as real life.
A Mountain Lion By Diana Bickston.
Submitted by Misti Velvet Rainwater, who mentions "this poem was written in an Arizona prison."
the mermaid shines By the guppy & deevaa.
A very neat collaboration. You know, the Internet really is the return of the written word, but sometimes the odd picture is good as well.
Heart on Sleeve Corner
All the remaining heartsongs sent to the Blender last month.

Featured Artist Review
A link to a great bit of prose, following last months ramble about the glories of Boxers.
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Conversation and Comments sent in over the past month.

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