Dream Within a Dream by Carolyn Pleasants York (broadcast 2-17-2014) Carolyn talks about the NC Poetry Society that was begun in 1932 and now has several hundred members that meet for times a year at the Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines. Among other things the society offers are 15 poetry contests, an anthology “Pine Song”, a newsletter and a mentoring program.
From there the conversation turns to dreams, their promptings for poetry and Carolyn’s novel with poems, Dream Within a Dream. Listen in to hear some good poetry. Go to ncpoetrysociety.org to find out more.
The Flower Sermon by David T. Manning (broadcast 1-20-2014) After a long career as an organic chemist David began a second life as a poet. He was winner of the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Poet Laureate Award in 1996, 1998 and 2006. Twice a Pushcart nominee, he was winner of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize in Crucible’s Summer 2009 contest, and of the 2004 Longleaf Chapbook Prize for The Ice-Carver. His seven chapbooks also include, Out After Dark (2003), Detained by the Authorities (2007), Light Sweet Crude (2009), all from Pudding House, and Continents of Light, a collection of love poetry from Finishing Line Press in 2010.
His full-length collection, The Flower Sermon, a runner-up in Main Street Rag’s 2007 poetry book contest, has a gentle magic and sense of wonder that captivates and makes the reader want to explore the avenues opened by the poetry within. More recently Yodeling Fungus (Old Mountain Press, 2010) is a full-length excursion into comedy. Dave is the current convener of the Friday Noon Poets of Chapel Hill, with whom he has read his poetry on Chapel Hill public television and was coeditor of Always on Friday (Katherine James Books, 2006), an anthology of poems from that group. Find out more at davidtmanning.weebly.com
How Language Is Lost by Celisa Steele (broadcast 12-16-2013) Carrboro’s new Poet Laureate brings us an exciting collection of poetry with her first chapbook, full of surprises, humor, loss, love and insight. As Poet Laureate Celisa will be presenting poetry during Carrboro Day in May, working on the West End Poetry Festival for October and initiating efforts to bring poetry into our schoolrooms. This sampling of her fine talent gives a taste of how fortunate Carrboro is to have her contribution to our community life.
“Celisa Steele has indeed made a wonderful debut. These poems possess all of the qualities a reader could hope for in a book of poems: lyricism, humor, compression, depth of feeling and meaning, memorable imagery, precise language, and perhaps most importantly, one surprise after another. A very enjoyable read that leaves the reader wanting more.” Scott Owens, Wild Goose Poetry Review.
Sixty Minute Poet by Forrest W. Heaton (broadcast 9-16-2013) This program is the inauguration of Carolina Book Beat’s “Focus on North Carolina Poetry”, guest-hosted by Sara Claytor, well-known NC poet. ( find out more about Sara here.) The third Monday of every month Sara will introduce listeners to a poet and poetry from the wealth of talent that we are so fortunate to have surrounding us.
The NC poet and song writer, Forrest W. Heaton, is the perfect guest to start with as he encourages everyone to find and nurture their inner poet. Forrest’s promise is: “You give me sixty-minutes of focused, timed, uninterrupted reading/writing and you will be well on your way to a lifetime of writing poetry, having fun with it, perhaps even getting really good at it.” He states that there is an inherent freedom in poetry, poets are completely free to choose how they express themselves without restrictions from the reader, there are no rules. Not many things you can say that about.
Why write poetry? For the pleasure and experience of distilling the essence of thought and emotion onto paper, thereby making it more real and honest, to be shared or not, as desired. Listen in, write your own four line poem to start, and join in as we conclude the hour in song backed by Forrest’s guitar and most excellent singing voice. Find out more at Sixty Minute Poet.
Weary Blues by Maureen A. Sherbondy (broadcast 12-12-2011) Maureen again shares with the reader her gift of insight into the bone and muscle of emotional life. This collection of poems offers dark realities faced and survived with a poet’s grace. Find out more at http://www.maureensherbondy.com/writing#blues
if words could save us by Anthony S. Abbott (broadcast 10-24-2011) Both personal and universal Abbott’s stunning use of language and poetic form reaches deep into the reader’s psyche and heart. He shares with us the rich, moving thrust of life, filled with a consideration of pleasure, puzzlement and pain that captures the emotions. The effect is that of sitting with a thoughtful friend who quietly, and with grace, opens a world of experience to you. A generous addition to the collection is a CD with the poet’s own rendition of his words.
This conversation also introduces a very freshly printed volume, What Writer’s Do, volume editor Anthony Abbott and Series Editor Rand Brandes. “Anyone who loves to read will want to own this collection documenting Lenoir-Rhyne University’s remarkable Visiting Writers Series. From Julia Alvarez’s explanation about why her haiku-a-month project failed to Abigail DeWitt’s confession that all her characters are versions of herself, this book is a treasure trove.” Shannon Ravenal Find out more about both of these works at http://www.thegirlintheyellowraincoat.com/
Place by Joan McLean (broadcast 8-1-2011) This just published second collection of poems by Joanie McLean gives evidence of a deepening of what was already a notable poetic gift. Her words capture mysteries sometimes hidden in the natural world as well as make tangible in unique ways the bumps and bruises inherent in loving and living. An excellent follow up to her first collection Up From Dust. Find out more at Finishing Line Press.
Carrboro Poetica Poetry Group (broadcast 7-25-2011) Carrboro Poetica members Priscilla Webster-Williams, Celisa Steele, Barbara Kenyon, Phyllis-Jean Greene and Sara Claytor join Paul and Audrey to talk about why they write, what happens in a poetry group and to share some of their excellent work. This is a stimulating and educational trip into the wonderful creativity that surrounds us. Find out more about what’s happening in the local poetry world at N. C. Poetry Society
Memory Bones by Sara Claytor (broadcast 4-4-2011) In this collection of poems Sara draws you into her world of remembering and in the process introduces you to people you won’t easily forget. Rich with the colors of the South each of these offerings paints a picture that reaches beyond the boundaries of place to become as evocative as looking through a friend’s old photo album and seeing pictures of people you know. Find out more at Sara Claytor.
Celebrate National Poetry Month with a menu of local poets reading from their works. This special night of readings will be followed by a question and answer session. Bring your dinner from one of the many local restaurants, enjoy Open Eye coffee and desserts provided by Carrboro Recreation and Parks. Join us and feast on poetry! Find out what else is happening by clicking on WestEndPoetsNewsletterMarchApril2011.