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.
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Thursday, January 29, 2009
INAUGRATION DAY POEMS from North Carolina Poets: Aretha's Hat
(Ron Edmonds / AP / January 20, 2009)
(for doris, on her birthday)
I Praise Aretha’s Hat because nobody else but Aretha could wear it, nobody else with a hat up there on the stage that I saw with the wind whipping round like a whiplash, an apron sash,
like a whole lot of ash we are scattering now to the wind saying rise up you dry bones, you burned-down to the ground slave cabins, all of you out in the cotton fields I saw, little girl passing by in my Mama’s big car.
I Praise Aretha’s hat because nobody else could wrap round her head such a swag- gering "Here I am and you out there listening to me, you had better be, too, because my country, ‘tis of thee is the reason I’m here, is the reason all of us right here and ready to shout it out: HERE!"
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.