START HERE: Welcome to Frameshifts!

Welcome to newcomers! We are all artful beings and websites provide a means to give or sell our work to others as well as to announce live performances. Welcome to this site–a kind of wound treatment center where we apply poetry to what ails us.  But as in any treatment center, you must not expect miracle cures, invincible technology, or giants with heroic super powers. Instead, you will find palliative care, attention to each other and the world we inseparably inhabit, and compassion. First we set the wound by learning to shift frames of reference.

Frameshifts was a practice before it became a book. It is a matter of displacement over change of scale, not over time. This displacement is what one feels when creatively engaged on work worthy of sustained attention. It is a way of getting in stride with reality.

I still rehearse this practice to find the realms and roles that give me the best take on reality. On the site, I share my work, comment on the work of others, and converse with you, if you care to reply. We work on ourselves first. Poetry, stories, pictures, music and other arts ensue. The work on ourselves is the continuing center of the conversation.  What are you doing to turn continually to the center of your existence? Please sign up on this site for conversation and notices of new blogs.

Here find my responses to living. So much of what matters is already given before we appear on Earth–our habitat, our people, our culture. As Kurt Vonnegut said, we just got here. We come into being without any planning, control, or programming on our part. Our lives unfold in response to the given.  This newsletter will provide such responses as: links, essays, abstracts, stories, poems, book reviews, quotations, videos and music about health, humanity, the natural world, curiosity, and imagination. Like the Salvage Yard built by Avery Crawley in my book, FRAMESHIFTS, these responses make a provisional stay against waste and loss.You are invited to click on previous blog comments, Notes about Frameshifts and other writings, notices of previous or coming performances, and to visit links like those below. Please comment and let me know if you would like to do a guest commentary.

          This blog considers life as a practice–a rehearsal. To  rehearse literally means “to rake over,” as in preparing soil. We continually work on ourselves as artists work on  tones, words, clay, or canvas. As a gardener is always raking, so we keep responding. We make no finished performances. In this continuing procession, our attention comes and goes. While this website  is neither a self-help site nor an advertising platform, I do plead guilty to self-promotion in the interest of starting our conversation.Perhaps the newsletters will occasionally draw your attention back to your own garden.  See the other panels on the header, such as “Work on Yourself,” to access my writing and compositions. And see these links:

Links and references to works, (updated 20180225):

Here is my other website, where I place musical scores, manuscripts, photos, family information, and information about well being.

Here’s a YouTube link to readings by me and others at the Poetry Society of Virginia in April 2015:

and at the PSV Poetry Festival in Williamsburg, May 15-16, 2015:

(I read the poems  “South Boston Man, June 6, 1944” and “Love’s old refrain.” Thanks to Bill Glose, author of The Human Touch,  for making these.)

And here’s the link to a song,  “Just enough”:

Although I have sites on Google +, Twitter, and Facebook, they are to direct to readers to this website.

Here is a link to a prose poem “Palliative Care” posted on the Medium site. It is now also the last section of the book Coming Around, published in 2018 by Brandylane-Belle Isle press.  The “Medium” version is in prose paragraphs; the Coming Around version is in the original stanzaic form.  In a chemical analogy, I think of them as being like stereoisomers.

Here is a book review of one of the mystery novels about the North Korean policeman, Inspector O. “Target, Teepees, and Inspector O,” published  on Cadillac-Cicatrix

Other comments and reviews of exhibitions, movies, and books are on other parts of the site.

FOR SCROLLERS:  Here’s a list of works, including past blogs, found on this site on the blog page or in the collection under “Work On Yourself.”

BIO: Richard L. Rose has retired from several careers, including teaching, medical laboratory work, environmental education and research, math and science supervision, and teaching science and science teaching methods in public schools and universities. After growing up “on the road” with a military family, described in the memoir Marking Time, he settled in Northern Virginia with his wife to raise two sons and follow his vocation of teaching and avocations of writing and musical composition. Since retiring, he has produced several chamber operas, Annunciations, The Books of Daniel, Amber, The People’s Voice, two children’s books, Shura and The Queen and the Crocodile, and several books of poetry.  Following his wife’s death and beginning a second marriage, he composed La Rinuncia and a novel, FRAMESHIFTS, published in 2011.  All but the last of the operas were benefit concerts for groups like Amnesty, Habitat, and local charities. Another musical work, The Fisher of the James, focused on environmental concerns, and a set of stories, Hidden Moves and Hidden Faces, come from living in Richmond. The book and other projects are described on his website ( and blog In his spare time, he collects rejection slips.

Recurrent themes are the transience of our lives and habitat and an insistence that we find effective ways to attend to this fact. By producing benefit concerts, reducing royalties, and recommending nonprofit organizations worthy of their attention, he invites readers to make their own creative responses. Perhaps readers of FRAMESHIFTS will be inspired to imagine and accomplish something positive for their communities. In writing, however, his intention is simply to tell a good story with interesting characters in surprising situations.


Selected Music and Words Produced and Published by Richard L. Rose


Operas                                    Productions

Annunciations                          Kaiserslautern (Marginal Notes, 1968), Alexandria VA (Marginal Notes, 2009)

The Books of Daniel                 Ashburn (Marginal Notes, 1997), Alexandria, VA (Marginal Notes, 2009)

Amber                                     Alexandria, VA (Marginal Notes, 1999), Richmond, VA (Capital Opera Richmond 2018)

Missa Brevis                            Warrenton Chorale (Warrenton, VA, 1982), Richmond, VA (Capital Opera, Richmond, 2015)

The People’s Voice                  Alexandria, VA (Marginal Notes, 2001)

La Rinuncia                             Norman, OK (Scissortail Productions, 2010), Richmond, VA (Capital Opera Richmond, 2015)

The Fisher of the James          Richmond, VA (Marginal Notes, 2013)

Monte & Pinky                        Richmond, VA (Capital Opera Richmond, 2018)

Two productions, In Sweet Surrender (2015) and Strike the Rock (2018), by Capital Opera Richmond, were concerts of selected combinations of the above works. Church works, including collaboration on a hymnal with Christopher Webber, are not included.


Verse and fiction:

Frameshifts, Part One (vol. 1, 2011) ISBN-13: 9781461061281, LC Control Number: 2011905608              ebook ISBN: 1631976166 (CreateSpace)

Frameshifts, Parts Two and Three (vol. 2, 2011) ISBN-13: 9781461157731, LC Control Number: 2011907518   ebook ISBN: 1613976159 (CreateSpace)

Death Wears a Tricorn (e-book) ISBN: 9781937698720,  version 20120207 (Telemachus)

“Three Stops on Route 15,” in the Piedmont Journal of Poetry and Fiction (2017)

“A Truth,” “Lucretius,” and “The Centerpiece,” in The Best of Virginia Writers Club Centennial Anthology, 1918-2018, Betsy Ashton, Editor (2017)

“To a Self-Made Man,” in River City Poets Anthology, 2018.

Verse letter “To Edward Hirsch” in response to Hirsch’s interview by Judith Harris in the Oct/Nov 2012 issue of Writer’s Chronicle. ( The letter was published in a subsequent edition.

Two Children’s books, The Queen and the Crocodile (2008) and Shura (2008), graphics and production by Sushmita Mazumbar of Studio Pause (  ) in Arlington, VA. Copies of these books are available from  Studio Pause and may be viewed in Special Collections at the Main Library in Richmond, VA.

Reading at Poetry Society of Virginia:


“Target, Tepees, and Inspector O,” a review originally published in the since-departed online journal, Cadillac Cicatrix, in July, 2008, but reproduced on

“Genetic Variation in the Oyster, Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin), in Relation to Environmental Variation,” in Estuaries, v. 7, n.2, p 128-132, June 1984.

“The Perilous Per,” in The Science Teacher, v.58, n.6, p 76-77, September 1991.

“Pick a Penny” (with William L. Rose), in Science Scope, v.16, n.3, p 41, November 1992.

“Improving Remedial Students’ Approaches to Proportional Thinking in Science” 1987 Doctoral Dissertation in the library of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

(Omitted are other musical scores, professional and academic writings, essays, poems and stories personally collected and distributed in small numbers for special occasions or purposes. A list of these is available.)

BLOGS and selected other information on the Frameshifts website

Almost all the blogs contain poems as well as comments.

Artism: The World Through the Eyes of Autism (exhibition review) 12/3/2017

A year’s worth (film review) 6/4/2017

Inspector O, Frontal Messages, & Dr. Bronner’s toothpaste 5/10/2017

Frameshifts: Six Years Later 2/18/2017

A Display for the Inauguration Stand 1/19/2017

Ambush Your Soul 12/31/2016

Conducting:  Outside and Inside 9/13/2016

Unconventional conventions: Campaign promo by Rev. Riley & the Lovely Linda 7/20/2016

Earth Day, 2016    4/25/2016

Of spring, trees, grass, and wounds 3/8/2016

Two new books   12/14/2015 (reviews)

Richmond Scenes—past and present   10/9/2015

Thoughts on collaboration (commentary)    9/21/2015

Musical conversations   8/31/2015

Unsociable poems and other rehearsals (review of mural by Brian Smith) 6/28/15

Ferguson, Workplace, & Making Soup (commentary) May 11, 2015

Down Time  (Includes a review of Emma Hooper’s book) 10/15/2014

Healing Breaths (long commentary and annotated bibliography for a seminar on spiritual practices) 5/1/2014

Review of J. Parini’s Jesus, The Face of God December 2013

Brief comments about Callenbach’s Ecotopia and my production Fisher of the James 9/15/2013

Comments about Phil Shepherd’s New Self, New World, Bill McKibben, and Rob Hopson  7/13 /13

Performance update on Fisher of the James 2/27/2013

Information about Caritas, poetry, and upcoming performances 1/14/2013

Mashkinonge, the magical fish, makes a third announcement about environmental issues 11/18/2012

A Microslice of Sustainability 10/28/2012

Local Conservation—comments by the magical fish 9/28/2012

Finding & Making Value—and readers, a report from the Chicago AWP Book Fair 6/16/2012

Notice of e-book release: Death Wears a Tricorn February 26, 2012

Shifts of Consciousness: The Frameshifts series and Read-outs from a Strange Territory   1/2/2012  The first blog on Frameshifts.


Selected other information on the Frameshifts blog web-site

Information about current performances and readings, ,  and past productions,

Links and additional book reviews, .

Links to librettos, videos and recordings of performances, and other works.  and

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