I’ve never heard her create magic on a saxophone, but the inflection of her aptly labeled Musical Pencil cries out to be heard:
“Why did I chose the sax?
Because it spoke to me and said,
“press your lips against my grain,
cradle me against your womb,
release the wind within your mind
and I will send your screams, sorrows,
and sighs star-ward
until the sunburned sky
showers you with blues.”
from Horn of the Devil Sounds Sweet.
She can tease our senses with evocative verse:
“I was one of working girls,
taking innocents into my private room,
teaching them fingering and tonguing tricks,
how to blow soft, make it scream loud,
get high, and growl. It was all about diaphragm,
rhythm, flow, and letting go.” from Sax Lessons.
And then, turn our world upside down in thirteen perfect words:
“You shake me up to watch,
my mind fall in flakes,
your amusement.” from Inside the Snowglobe.
It would be an injustice not to mention her outstanding flash fiction, composed with the same stunning, muse-inspired instrument. “She took the pen in her hand, it was still warm and sweaty from his palm, she could feel his pulse thumping beneath the engraved gold plating.” from Abigail’s Song.
Do yourself a favor and become a fan.
Works of interest include:
Shoots and Vines: Inside the Snowglobe
Everyday Weirdness: Abigail’s Song
Strange Road: Sax Lessons and Horn of the Devil Sounds Sweet
Visit Paula’s blog “Musical Pencil” and be prepared to sing:
All work cited is Copyright 2009 Paula Ray, all rights reserved
I've recently come to discover Paula, a fellow North Carolinian and her fine work. Worth checking out for certain!ReplyDelete
Thanks for all of the links, Angel. I hadn't discovered her work yet.ReplyDelete
Angel! you gave me no warning! I'm completely amazed by you! My face is so red. Thank you for your sweet gesture. I hope no one runs from my blog screaming...Is he JOKING?ReplyDelete
Man, this is one of the nicest things any fellow writer has done for me. You are so generous, Angel.
Oh, duh. I know PJ. I just didn't know the P stood for Paula. :)ReplyDelete
Paula is a fantastic writer. Her work is always poetic, often moving and sometimes absolutely gut wrenching, brutal and horrific. The lady has a talent.ReplyDelete
thank you so much, Michael, Laura, and Graeme :)ReplyDelete
Loved these writes—fantastic language and character.ReplyDelete
Excellent pick Angel. I'll be checking out more of her work.
I am such a fan! These writes are amazing.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Laurita and ErinReplyDelete
Paula Ray is musical and lyrical and these things pervade her writing. Oh, and she can HOWL! YAAA!! Am I allowed to say that here?ReplyDelete
Here's lookin at you, Paula!
Howling away -ReplyDelete
thank you, Mark
I can't wait for the anthology to come out :)
Damn! Damn! Damn! Another Poet that makes me question why I pick up a pen! 8-)ReplyDelete
PS I pick it up cause it owns me! 8-)