About DM Denton

Young Diane touchedup

1971

 

My full name is Diane M Denton (nee DiGiacomo), a native of Western New York. As an author and artist, I find my voice in poetry and prose, in silence and retreat, in truth and imagination. Through observation and study, inspired by music, art, nature and the contradictions of the creative spirit, I love to wander into the past to discover stories of interest and meaning for the present, writing from my love of language and the belief that what is left unsaid is the most affecting of all.

My writing life began as a child retreating into stories and poems. Early on I developed an interest in history, while my participation in and appreciation of music was encouraged through memories shared about my maternal grandmother, who was a concert pianist and monologue entertainer known through Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s.  My early pursuits also included drawing and painting—and acting, which I eventually gave up, admitting that my inclination for drama was better written than acted out, my imagination more consistent than my courage.

My educational journey took me from Theater Arts and Communication at SUNY Brockport, to a History and Literature major at Daemen College (formerly Rosary Hill College) in Amherst, NY; culminating in a dream-fulfilling semester at Wroxton College, England (run by Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey), not far from Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick, Woodstock, Oxford, as well as the picturesque Cotswolds.

Not least because of a fateful encounter, I impetuously stayed in Wroxton for sixteen years—a yellow-stoned village with thatched cottages, a duck pond, and twelfth century church and abbey turned Jacobean manor house.  I lived, for better or worse, right off the pages of Fielding, the Brontes, Austin, Hardy, DH Lawrence, and even Dickens, surrounded by the beautiful hills, woods and fields of the Oxfordshire countryside, and all kinds of colorful characters. This truly turned out to be a life-changing experience that resonates in my personal and professional endeavors to this day.

I returned to the US in 1990, to a rural area of Western New York State where I reside in a cozy log cabin, with my eighty-something mother and a multitude of cats.

June 2017 with my two new babies, Kenji and Yoshi

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58 thoughts on “About DM Denton

    • What a wonderful complement, Cindi. As I am really a frustrated musician/singer (ah, perhaps in my next life…), words are my way to make music. I’m going to concentrate on my current fiction today (a sequel to A House Near Luccoli), aptly called She Shall Have Music. Tomorrow, back to “the day job”! (though my real work is never far from my thoughts…)

      Wishing you continued good progress on The Whisper! Enjoy the day! “Talk” to you soon.

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      • I too am a frustrated singer. I sometimes say that my voice is much like a frog in heat. I enjoy your blog so much and envy your words of poetry. I don’t seem to have that talent. Thank you for making a comment on my blog, Writing Around the Bend. I really appreciate your thoughts and comments.

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      • Don’t undervalue your writing (or anything), Cindi. You often express yourself in a way I wish I could. I can be so abstract at times. The main thing, I believe, is to create and live from our better selves. Thank you again for your kind comments and interest in my writing.

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  1. I really enjoyed reading your words. I like the way you write. I admit to being a bit biased though. I really like poetry a lot so I especially liked your poems. Thank you for sharing your words and thoughts so that people like me can read them. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for your generous comment and for subscribing to my blog. In turn, I enjoyed looking at your exquisite photographs today (that are poetry in themselves) and look forward to your future postings. Thank you for sharing. (This is what I love about blogging, which I am new at–that so many talented and soulful people can share with many what otherwise only would reach a few…) Blessings.

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  2. I seem to have found more of my voice through writing too. If only for good therapy to help me get the “wrinkles” out.

    I so enjoyed my visit and getting to know you a little. And I appreciate your visit to my look-alike blog too. Thank you.

    Peace,
    Gayle

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    • Yes, writing is a voyage of discovery. I love the way you phrased it regarding getting “the wrinkles out”! I so appreciate your visit and know I have only just begun to dig into the treasures of your blog. Blessings,

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    • I’m so glad you let me know, Martin. You really have a great talent and I would feel very bereft if I couldn’t continue to follow your poetry and other work.

      I also understand the frustration and sometimes self-destruction that comes along with being creative.

      Please don’t be too hard on yourself and continue…there are many of us looking forward to your sharing.

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    • Thank you, Caddo! I so appreciate you taking the time to visit, and glad that it was a positive experience. I just had a too-quick look at your blog and so far especially like “Relationship Insanity’. But I must read more of your musings when I have time to do them justice. Blessings!

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  3. Thank you for stopping by! I’m glad there are others who enjoy those bleak days, not because of hopelessness but because of potential 😀 Your words flow so elegantly! I will be back as well to continue reading your works.

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  4. Ethel and I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. You’ll have to go to fourwindowspress if you don’t know about it, and if you follow the instructions you’re a winner. We are mainly trying to let you know how much we honor you and your work, so you may or may not chose to accept the award. That’s up to you, but we certainly think you are worthy of more than this one gesture of thanks for you and your poetry.

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    • How kind of you and Ethel, Thomas! I’m very honored to accept and will be happy to pass on as soon as I can, hopefully sometime next week. Your appreciation of my work means so much! Happy Holidays and blessings to you and yours!

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    • Thank you, Subhakar, for your nomination! I will certainly accept, especially as it is a chance to bring the attention back to your blog and work and pass it on to other artistic and soulful bloggers.

      It is this exchange that enhancing this experience…most certainly!

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  5. Hey, Diane “Bardess”! I’ve nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award”–my speech will be up in a day or 2. And honestly, I keep coming back here for the Lavenders–is that like, crazy or weird, or something?? God bless you.

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    • Thank you, Caddo! I love the sentiment of this award and am very honored that you think my blog is worthy! As for lavender…it certainly is of the ‘come-hither’ persuasion, I’m, flattered that my post might have a little of that quality too. Blessings!

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  6. Hi Diane–just letting you know I’ve nominated you again, this time for the Reader Appreciation Award. Only if you want it, no pressure–come on over (there’s food!).

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    • Thank you so much, Caddo! This is a very nice award–acknowledging those who take the time and put the thought and heart into reading others’ work, etc. as we are all very busy with the “day jobs” and life’s “realities” and practical “demands”. I am very honored and as you can see (I think I’m breaking a rule here…) have passed it back to you in my last post. Your “food” for thought and to feed the soul is always sumptous! Blessings!

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  7. Hey, Diane–a million thanks for the tip on Loreena McKennitt!! I just listened to her Juno Awards appearance, singing “Lady of Shalott”–and loved it!! Have now reserved a couple of her CD’s from the library. How sweet and thoughtful of you–thanks again (I may have to write some more poetry…)!

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  8. Bardess, I am unable to enter my comment directly on your post about catching butterflies, dated 02/14/2012,because the system I am working at puts up the Netgear firewall every time a title contains the syllable “butt-“: huh? Anyway, I love the commentary your sister made on the Gainsborough poem about never preventing someone from chasing their own butterflies. Very wonderful, as all your posts always are. Also, the illustrations would not pull up for me right now. I will be back to look another day!

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    • Hi Granbee! How funny about the “butt” syllable thing!

      Don’t know if you’re familiar with SIster Wendy Beckett. She did a series for PBS many years ago where she went all over the world to art galleries, etc. with her very open and creative interpretations of master artwork. A series of little books were put out called Meditations on Love, Joy, Peace, Silence… She reminded me of a Sister who taught an early 20th century literature class I took at a Catholic College…DH Lawrence, James Joyce, etc. She had no problem handling the often ‘risque’ subject matter. And she had such joy for the written word!

      As always, thank you for your visit and kind comment! I always love to hear from you.

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  10. Well, let me just start by saying I feel like I may have been transported to another time visiting your lovely space. Such a creative spirit you are! Thank you for visiting my blog and subscribing. So wonderful making new friends in the blogosphere. Cheers, Margie

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  11. Hi Ms. Denton,
    I really think you have some beautiful work, here! I hope you’ll visit my site this weekend. I’ve got a cute ceramic kittens giveaway and am desperately trying to find someone to enter for the prize.
    Thank you, and best of luck with your writing!
    -Stephanie

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