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.
MORE THAN FRIENDS: POEMS OF HIM AND HER (Boyds Mills/Front Street). This book, sure to spark lively discussion among the young men and women who read it, springs from a two-year e-mail correspondence between poets Allan Wolf and Sara Holbrook. As Allan and Sara's poems flew madly through the electronic ether, a fictional teenaged couple began to emerge. Many of the poems in this collection use traditional poetic forms (i.e. sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, and tankas) to explore teen subject matter that is anything but traditional. The result is a book that traverses, in poetic form, the gap between the genders--a gap that is sometimes vast, sometimes nonexistent.
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.