"dazzle gradually"

"Dazzle Gradually" 2017 poems, paintings, new art & photography--a diary, a discipline, a delight. Read over my shoulder as I post my unedited poetry ---you can see it in the raw or get my first book and see how the work evolves with new books rolling out next year.

Polly Alice

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


When you break my heart
it sounds like someone
walking on snow
the sound of a thousand
crystals last breath
but what you don't know
is that Spring is coming.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dear Humpty Dumpty

In honor of very nearly finishing my Humpty Dumpty Picture book after almost eight months and a million revisions of sweat and tears, I reposting this poem I found on my own blog from August 2010. Yes sometimes you have no idea what you've written without a search engine.

Dear Humpty Dumpty,
I hear the new style is all in
red velvet cushions for hats
this year.  As you are my 
best egg customer, I've taken 
the liberty of ordering for you
one for each end. They should 
come in next wednesday, I'll 
send the king's horses 
to deliver them.

Mad Hatter

Monday, January 5, 2015


On winter nights around half past ten
the clocks begin to sing their chorus
of clacks. Why so silent all day and
then so boisterous at night, like
a dog that never stops yapping?
And why do the clocks click every
second even without a second hand?
How do they do that? What do clocks
say to one another at night? What
do they talk about? And why
do they speed up every year circling
the holidays like ever nearing vultures
making my head spin. Didn't I just
put these decorations away last week, or
was it last year? Clocks, those
clackers. Gotta love them, even
if they snore at night like my
great Uncle, they are there for
for you every minute of the day.

Art Show January 2015

Cooked up some great illustrations this fall for my portfolio.  Come see them in person at my art show at Smithville Midcontinent Public Library near Kansas City, MO. I called it "Studio Under Glass" because you can catch a glimpse of things from my studio that inspire me, along with new artwork. For directions, check out my website at www.pollymccann.com.