THIS BLOG IS NO LONGER OPERATIONAL. PLEASE ENJOY WHAT IS HERE, AND DO LEAVE A COMMENT IF YOU WISH. NORTH CAROLINA'S NEW POET LAUREATE IS CATHY SMITH BOWERS. SHE WILL SOON HAVE HER OWN WEBSITE THROUGH THE NORTH CAROLINA ARTS COUNCIL SITE. I WILL BE SHIFTING MY ATTENTION TO HERE, WHERE I AM, (SEE SIDEBAR)USING IT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO WRITERS WHOSE WORK DESERVES ATTENTION. I INVITE YOU TO VISIT ME THERE. For a video of the installation ceremony, please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xAk6fOzaNE.
Go to http://www.yourdailypoem.com/, managed with finesse by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer, who says, "Our intent is to make visitors to Your Daily Poem aware of the joy and diversity of poetry."
Sunday, August 10, 2008
(photo by Corinna Lynette Byer)
Photo Assignment: Get some poetic looking shots for use in Verve Magazine's special feature on WNC women poets. Verve was begun back in the spring by spunky editor Jess McCuan, a journalist and pioneer in bringing fashion, literature, art, and anything else really, really interesting to the women of western North Carolina. Those of you beyond the region, you can subscribe, too. And insist that your book sellers carry the magazine.( If you think we walk around in brogans and calico over here in the Blue Ridge, you'll be in for a surprise. Not that I have anything against brogans. Or calico. Especially calico. It's probably my favorite kind of fabric.) Because I couldn't make it to the photo shoot in Hendersonville with Glenis Redmond, Pat Riviere Seal, and Cathy Smith Bowers, Jess asked me to have my daughter make some photos outside amongst garden, trees, and five dogs. So she did, and she did a great job. Here is one of them that also shows off a great stand of black-eyed Susans and monster butternut squash in the background. It's a jungle out there!
When VERVE hits the news stands I'll let you know. Go to vervemag.com to find out more about this exciting magazine.
I've lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina since 1968, though I'm a native of SW Georgia. My paternal grandmother was born in the Blue Ridge, and I grew up wanting to live here. Where I am.
I've published five collections of poetry, the most recent 4 being with LSU Press, and have published poetry in magazines ranging from The Atlantic Monthly to Appalachian Heritage. But I also hike, bang pots and pans around in my kitchen, and love several dogs who leave fur all over my carpets. I write poetry because it's my way of singing back to the world both within and without.