Weary Blues by Maureen A. Sherbondy (broadcast 12-12-2011) Maureen again shares with the reader her gift of insight into the bone and muscle of emotional life. This collection of poems offers dark realities faced and survived with a poet’s grace. Find out more at http://www.maureensherbondy.com/writing#blues
if words could save us by Anthony S. Abbott (broadcast 10-24-2011) Both personal and universal Abbott’s stunning use of language and poetic form reaches deep into the reader’s psyche and heart. He shares with us the rich, moving thrust of life, filled with a consideration of pleasure, puzzlement and pain that captures the emotions. The effect is that of sitting with a thoughtful friend who quietly, and with grace, opens a world of experience to you. A generous addition to the collection is a CD with the poet’s own rendition of his words.
This conversation also introduces a very freshly printed volume, What Writer’s Do, volume editor Anthony Abbott and Series Editor Rand Brandes. “Anyone who loves to read will want to own this collection documenting Lenoir-Rhyne University’s remarkable Visiting Writers Series. From Julia Alvarez’s explanation about why her haiku-a-month project failed to Abigail DeWitt’s confession that all her characters are versions of herself, this book is a treasure trove.” Shannon Ravenal Find out more about both of these works at http://www.thegirlintheyellowraincoat.com/
Poetry and Social Media address by Keith Flynn at the NC Poetry Society Annual Meeting, Sept. 17 (broadcast 10-10-2011) Keith, with four collections of poetry published, is the author of The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How to Make Your Poetry Swing, founder-editor of The Asheville Poetry Review and a highly respected touring musician/composer. An engaging speaker he offers valuable tips for making social media an effective marketing tool for the poet’s art. Find out more about the NC Poetry Society at ncpoetrysociety.org and about Keith Flynn at keithflynn.net.
Place by Joan McLean (broadcast 8-1-2011) This just published second collection of poems by Joanie McLean gives evidence of a deepening of what was already a notable poetic gift. Her words capture mysteries sometimes hidden in the natural world as well as make tangible in unique ways the bumps and bruises inherent in loving and living. An excellent follow up to her first collection Up From Dust. Find out more at Finishing Line Press.
Carrboro Poetica Poetry Group (broadcast 7-25-2011) Carrboro Poetica members Priscilla Webster-Williams, Celisa Steele, Barbara Kenyon, Phyllis-Jean Greene and Sara Claytor join Paul and Audrey to talk about why they write, what happens in a poetry group and to share some of their excellent work. This is a stimulating and educational trip into the wonderful creativity that surrounds us. Find out more about what’s happening in the local poetry world at N. C. Poetry Society
The Sound of Poets Cooking, edited by Richard Krawiec (broadcast 9-20-2010) This diverse and eclectic anthology of poetry and recipes feeds the heart, soul and body. Featuring wonderful wordsmithery and delicious offerings by a galaxy of exceptional poets, this is a book to keep by your favorite chair and handy to wherever you do your cooking. Find out more at http://jacarpress.com/books.html