"Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet, you can't win."
--Lazarus Long in Robert Heinlein's "Time Enough for Love"

"It will make you feel young again" --The New Yorker
  < july 2003 >
(Learn to make this kind of image in the July feature)
Summer is here...and man, it can get HOT out there.

This is a real stand out month for the Front Page Picks. Even though there were fewer works sent in last month, I really enjoyed the selection you see here below to an unsual degree.

And rather than write a stuffy old review, this month's feature is a digital arts-and-crafts project: how to make the kind of image you see there on the side. (Also, I think, a nice romantic shot of me and Mo.)

Also, for the time being at least, ads have returned to the Blender of Love. These are well-behaved ads though, no pop-ups, no garish images, just words for sponsors that the fine folks at Google think might be of interest to the readers of the site. Please feel free to click on any of the links to the left, click-thrus are what bring kickbacks to help fund your favorite love poetry website.

Read on and enjoy!
--Kirk, Blender-Keeper     

for now - Madison
We lead off with one of the most well-crafted and also evocative pieces sent in last month.

Unfathomable (Repost) - Tanqueray Cowboy
Roosevelt Revised (Repost) - Echolocation
Two reposts on the balance of love and friendship. I'm not always crazy about reposting, because if I like I have to make sure it wasn't already a front page pick, but like Tanq says, "summer is time for reruns".

in the summer, in the heat - darwin
Great prose about the heat of summer.

NAKED STUTTER - Maggie Mink aka Rennie Lorca
Submitted by RennieLorca. Another celebration of sultry summer.

little function - Cryingshame58
I think this poem was supposed to be formatted differently, four lines, each indented to the start of the previous line, but I like this version better, it mirrors the poem's theme.

Cafe' - Isabella Svenska.
Bright piece, though I'm not sure if it's one slice of life, or several.

The Blushing Sphinx - SterlingRose
Almost a cautionary tale...

Mongoose - Butterfly03
Fairy tales do come true. Unfortunately.

Wiggle Me - B.K.
Bitesize rhyming bonbon.

End Zen - Donald Rumsfeld
Submitted by Kirk. John McCaslin "found" this poem by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, but I think there's a bittersweet romantic element here.

Phobia - via Trout Almondine.
This is another work that takes on a romantic overtone almost exclusively in the context of being on the loveblender...somewhere else, it might mean something different.

The House On Cuba Road - chris
This letter to a couple on their 50th Anniversary is more of a travelogue than a romantic work, but I think there's always something really romantic about a road trip, especially when it's with someone you're in love with.

The Luxury of a Domesticated Pee - Misti
Misti (who is married to Chris)" thought this one on the commute to Rio Rancho"...travelling seems to be a theme with the two of them.

a crumb of you - Varda
A short poem meant to "evoke old memories"...

"Time enough for love" - Quote I - Robert Heinlein
Submitted by MichaelT(), just here to give attribution for this month's top page quote.

The darkness remains - Star of David
Sometimes it's random details that stick with you. Nescafe! Who'da thunk it?

Untitled - CordovaGirl
A creative writing class "story from a guy's point of view". A little forced at times, but a good read overall.

Blender Feature: Flat Color Photos
A digital arts and crafts project, make yourself into your own cartoon version!

Heart on Sleeve Corner
361 more heartsongs sent to the Blender last month.

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