Saturday, May 11, 2019


For anyone who will be in the Brattleboro, Vermont area tonight or tomorrow afternoon, I'll be singing in the Brattleboro Women's Chorus Spring Concerts. One of my poems will also be read during the two performances. Hope to see you there!

P.S. If you do come, please introduce yourself to me after the performance.

Happy Mother's Day.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Happy Birthday, Birdman!

Let's celebrate the wonderful Mark Norton, AKA Birdman, who would have been gleefully observing his birthday today. In just a couple of months my book, NIGHT JOB, will be published by Candlewick Press. It was inspired by one of the hundreds of wonderful tales Mark shared with us about his childhood. I hope some of you will look for it and enjoy it. With best wishes to you all, Brattcat (aka Karen Hesse)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Remembering Birdman/Holding Nice in our hearts

Today is Mark's birthday.
How we miss him.
Our love to his beloved Elenka and son, J.

And to all of our friends in Nice,
we send support, hope and love.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

you've all been so wonderful.

thank you for so many years of kindness, generosity, wit, and compassion.
i've loved meeting you all and spending time in your world and having you visit mine.
wishing you all the best.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

july, and the morning yawns and stretches,

then lowers its noddy head back on the downy pillow 
and slumbers a wee bit longer.

Monday, July 1, 2013

july theme day: facade

once little brattleboro claimed three new bookstores and four or five used bookshops.
the number of brick and mortar bookstores dwindles annually.
but basket's books, with its garage/barn door facade, continues to hang on.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

no post yesterday because we had no power

we had no power
 because a squirrel
 had a fatal encounter
with the transformer at the end of our street