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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Saturday, March 21, 2009
ODE TO MARCH
(Fog rising from the valley beneath our house)
As we prepare to bid March farewell, it's fitting to offer a poem that brings a new perspective to the month. March comes in like lamb, goes out like a lion, or vice versa. How about March coming in a a great, wet thing? A big washrag of fog!
This poem is in response to my invitation posted a few days ago, on both my "Laureate's Lasso" and "Here, Where I Am" to write a poem sounding like "green." Mindy followed her own bent.
Ode to March
Oh you great, wet thing! Vast as a mountain Lithe and lean, carried by the wind. How will you, with all your promises Fulfill them?
Push out the green of bulbs, the buds, the birds!
For today, the very first You’ve covered me in fog. Made me a soggy thing of little worth
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.