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."
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Poetic Justice: Verve Magazine
The new VERVE is out, with a well-written piece on Western North Carolina women poets, by Jess McCuan. Four of them are the cover girls: Cathy Smith Bowers, Glenis Redmond, Pat Riviere Seel, and Emoke B'racz. I couldn't make it over to Hendersonville for the photo shoot, alas. My daughter Corinna served as poet's photographer for me. Cathy, Glenis, and Pat have been featured already on our ncarts.org website. Emoke will be coming up soon.
Here's how the article begins:
"Western North Carolina claims its share of famous writers. Thomas Wolfe, Charles Frazier and Carl Sandburg are among the most well known (though Sandburg was born in Illinois and only moved to Flat Rock late in life). For years, few on the list of nationally known WNC authors were women and even fewer were female poets. North Carolina governors have appointed state poet laureates since 1935, and for 70 years they chose men—many of whom lived or taught in the Piedmont or on the coast. In its 24 years of operation, Black Mountain College attracted important avant-garde poets like Charles Olson, Robert Creeley and Denise Levertov, but none were from the area and few stayed after the school shut down in 1957."
To find out what happened to the literary scene here in the mountains, go to vervemag.com and read the rest of the essay. Take a look at the rest of the magazine, too. Maybe you'll want to have your own copy of it.
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.