I have always liked reading poetry, but there is something extra delightful about actually knowing people who write good poetry.
Nancy Greenaway is a friend I see summers in Rhode Island. I learned last weekend that among other output, she recently published this poem at the Texas Observer site. It begins:
You write ghazals under shade of an acacia,
speak Farsi or Pashto,
eat qurmas, sabzi, lamb kebabs,
wear burqas and hijabs.
I write free verse under shade of a maple,
eat pizza, cod, corn on the cob,
wear jeans and t-shirts.
Francesca Forrest has several online poetry outlets. In the tantalizing “Temptation,” an internal voice whispers,
Throw yourself down from here; try!
This is a dream, and you will fly.
Read “Temptation” here, published at the Linnet’s Wings. Two other poems by Francesca are ”Songs Were Washing Up,” in the publication Scheherzade’s Bequest, and “Old Clothes Golem,” at the site Stone Telling.
When Suzanne was getting ready to launch Luna & Stella, she came to the conclusion that a poet should write the descriptions of the birthstones, because only a poet would have the right artistic sensibility. As it happened, she knew a poet who also did copywriting, Providence-based poet Kate Colby. Here is what Kate wrote about the gems for Luna & Stella.
You might also like to read one of Kate’s poems, ”A Body Drawn By Its Own Memory.” It begins :
Certain labels are impervious
to solvents, impermeable
as drawn bridges. …
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“Thought you might be one of the few who would appreciate our adventures in Boston/Cambridge on Sunday and Monday. Malcolm and I had a one-night vacation by driving to Cambridge on Sunday, staying at the Marlowe Hotel (with a view of the Charles) and hearing Naomi Shihab Nye read and then receive the Golden Rose Award from the Poetry Club of New England. She concluded with her poem about the Block Island ferry (which will appear in her new book of poems to be released by BOA Editions in September.) Before the reading, to the amazement of all in the audience, she rushed up the center aisle directly to me and gave me a wonderful hug.”