Spring has greened the view from the window where I sit and contemplate my good fortune of being alive and witnessing once again the power and blessing of Nature around me. Hope your experience of this spring is similar or even more empowering.
The many hues of green ...ahh, it is delightful like the words around the center of my being ever changing and echoing that Life is good and to be thankful.
The spring issue of the Asheville Poetry Review reminds me that April is the month of many surprises. My name on the back of APR is the first name listed and for some reason it touched my heart to see that. From the birth of my goddaughter's girl child named Tüzvirág in Budapest to the poets that sound the air with the joy of poetry—breathe it in and bloom—April is the national month of POETRY. The poetry events at Malaprop’s have been our blessing for the celebration of words charged with the love and desire for a better world.
Madness, Rack and Honey: Collected Lectures by Mary Ruefle inspired our WOW poetry group to write a poem based on one of her sentence fragments...and here is what I was inspired to write...
FRAGMENTS ARE THE HUSK OF A SECRET
His life was fragmented
My life a (lesser) fragment
Of a less volatile era
My vow is to live more in
the moment and stop
Pretending the moment is known
Is of course the name of the game
Some say yes and no
Others turn their heads
Refuse to bleed for any cause
For anyone else
For their own good
Bleeding in a sense is good at times
Promise of new growth as spring time shows
Feeling the power of praying for each tree
Each blade of grass
Some call forth endings
I call forth beginnings.
Opening up Mary Ruefle's book to any page I find inspiration and I am amazed by the mind and brilliance of the writer. I admire the ability to flow with the thoughts, the quotes and the poems she strings upon her lines in the collection.
Reading on poetry as a subject has given me many joyful moments. Keith Flynn's book Rhythm Method Razzmatazz and Memory and Molly Peacock’s Paper Garden join Ruefle’s book on favorite list of books about poetry. So much to learn, so much to remember and forget. As some smart man said (paraphrased) we have to forget in order to remember.
I have wondered how fiction writers and poets manage to write page after page of a good story, an epic that is really entertaining. How Alan Wolf tells a story in verse in Watch That Ends the Night or Lucretius in On the Nature of Things amazes me.
Khaled Husseini’s upcoming book And the Mountains Echoed (event on June 14) is breathtaking and unpredictable. I am really looking forward to his reading with us on June 14. I always enjoy hearing the voice behind the words. It is a gift like no other. Click here for tickets and information.
April is half gone and May brings us one of our favorite authors Gail Godwin. She has been writing in the northern woods a story of our area and our story, Flora and will present her work to us on May 19. Click for more information
Give us the chance to walk tall and read the best and most relevant stories from our storytelling talents. We are proud and honored to host our authors. Join us and be rewarded.