Supposedly it’s spring. Last night we had a dusting of snow and today the temps are in the 20s. Most of the mounds of snow that accumulated over the winter are gone except for the waning piles that remain in the shady spots. I’ve seen robins and blue jays and all kinds of birds in the yard.
BTW, did you read Laura’s poem for St. Patrick’s Day? Titled “Ireland” it appeared in The New Verse News. Also Laura’s article “The Ambassador of Brown Swiss”appeared in Country Folk, The Weekly Farm Paper Highlighting Agriculture.
Another recent project of Laura Rodley’s is As You Write It A Franklin County Anthology, Vol. IV, which she edited. The debut reading is Sunday April 13 in Turners Falls, MA. Described this way: “Join us as runaway rivers carry away bridges, friends stay united for sixty years, a hapless child receives a miracle, a woman born in 1919 clamors for a woman president, a student overcomes bullying, dogs find forever homes with a loving family, three eaglets are hatched at Barton Cove, and cars exert their mighty muscles across this vast American landscape we call home.” Sounds intriguing. Congrats to Laura Rodley.
T. Coraghessan Boyle has a story “The Relive Box” in the March 17 issue of The New Yorker. The concept will get you thinking. After you read the story, you can check out “This Week In Fiction” (on the Page Turner blog of The New Yorker) in which Deborah Treisman and T. C. Boyle discuss how he came up with the idea for this story. He also spills some details on his latest inventions.
D onna Hilbert and Susan Mahan have work in a new book The Widow’s Handbook: Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival. It is edited by Jacqueline Lapidas and Lise Menn and published by Kent State University Press. There’s a nice write-up of the book by Bella English in The Boston Globe.
Wally Swist emailed me with good news: a forthcoming book just announced by Lamar University Press. The Daodejing is a new unique translation by three poets/scholars. (David Breeden, Steven Schroeder, and Wally Swist). Lamar University Press describes the result of the multiple-step collaboration: “The Daodejing is both the old one with all its majesty and a new one offered in twenty-first century American English as wielded by true experts: poets who will not and cannot divorce meaning from form.”
Ellen Bass has a new book out: Like a Beggar, from Copper Canyon Press. Here’s how Ellen Bass describes it on her site: “Like a Beggar is the work of a mature poet grappling with the most essential question–how do we go on?”
And in an act of blatant self-promotion, I will mention again that I have a story (“So we die”) in the latest issue (#11) of Cobalt
Peace, love, and solace