Since Gilgamesh lamented the death of his companion Enkidu, and Homer sung of heroes dying in battle, poetry has served as elegy. We look to poets when we reflect on the brevity of life and mourn those who have died. J.S. Absher, Joyce Compton Brown, Michael Gaspeny, and Jane Wiseman (clockwise from upper left) will interpret the theme according to their lights in the seventh themed reading hosted by Joan Barasovska. The order of readers is Joyce, Michael, Jane, Stan, and there will be time for a Q&A at the end.
HUGE THANKS to Stan Absher for posting this on his Facebook account, which is where I ran across it. Here’s Stan’s own poetry website: https://www.js-absher-poetry.com/#/ Visit his page to read some of his own fabulous poetry and find out how you can get more.
The email, from the North Carolina branch, encourages poets–and all writers–to support voting rights and build a state-wide network within the national organization. If you are in NC and want to learn more, Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill is hosting a virtual discussion on Oct. 16, 2021, at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/writersfordemocraticaction-2021
Great poetry recited beautifully (or sometimes not so much) in some ordinary and some extraordinary movies. In no particular order (and there MUST be more–will add them if I think of them, and mention any in the comments, please!):
“Brown Penny,” William Butler Yeats, as recited by Christopher Plummer in the rom-com Must Love Dogs
When I look on my site via my desktop computer, or on my phone, I see what I expect to see. On my iPad, however, I see an enormous toad covering up a third to a half of every page. I hope you see the normal web site. On the other hand, if you see the toad instead. . . Maybe that’s a sign from the great virtual Beyond that you should rush right out, create an imaginary garden, and lure that toad into it. I know that’s what I plan to do.
. . . and of course it was on Zoom, the times being what they are. But I got a lot out of the workshops. If you’re thinking of one to attend, contact the organizers, SOMOS of Taos, New Mexico, to get on their mailing list:
One of the reasons I was so glad to find this conference is my years-long habit of attending the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, which is now defunct after a brief move to Santa Fe. It was sponsored by the University of New Mexico, and I think the conference organizers still do some online workshops through UNM’s continuing education program: