Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Thur., Apr. 1: Litchfield Tea & Poetry

Two fine poets will be featured on Thursday, April 1, in the Litchfield Tea & Poetry Series. JIM LUNDY, of Charleston, is new on our schedule this month. We're lucky to have this chance to hear him! He has a wry sense of humor and a delightfully quirky take on his many and varied subjects. He and PAT RIVIERE-SEEL are a perfect pairing. Pat will keep the emotional tenor high with poems about a serial killer and her daughter, inspired by the true story of NC murderer Velma Barfield.

What a broad range of poetry we're in for--from wit to murder and mayhem, and more. It's spring--what a grand time to come out to a poetry reading. Hope to see you there!

Litchfield Tea & Poetry Series
Reading by Jim Lundy & Pat Riviere-Seel
Thursday, April 1
3 - 4 p.m.
Waccamaw Higher Education Center
160 Wilbrook Boulevard
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Book signing after the reading
Refreshments: homemade confections by Deloris Roberts
Free & open to the public
Co-sponored by OLLI at CCU & The Poetry Society of SC

Jim Lundy, current president of the Poetry Society of South Carolina, whiles away his time as a poet, songwriter, and longtime emcee of Monday Night Blues, a weekly literary and music event in Charleston. He is the author of two chapbooks: All I Can Be is Myself (2006) and Funny, in the Trenchant Way of Brilliant Men (2009). He uses humor and storytelling in his work to explore the human condition.

Pat Riviere-Seel is the author of The Serial Killer’s Daughter (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2009), which won the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, and No Turning Back Now (Finishing Line Press, 2004). A former political reporter for The Fayetteville Observer, she received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She and her husband live in Asheville, NC.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Mar. 15: Monday Night Blues reading by the Long Table Poets

Monday Night Blues
Mar. 15, 2010
8 - 10 p.m.
Reading by Long Table Poets
East Bay Meeting House
160 East Bay St.
Charleston, SC

The following members of Richard Garcia's Long Table Poets group will read:
Richard Garcia, Mary Harris, Kit Loney, Susan Meyers, Carol Peters, Katherine Williams, and Joe Zealburg. Jim Lundy, emcee. Open mic to follow the reading. Free & open to the public.

Monday Night Blues

Monday, March 08, 2010

Poem meets photo: Melons

How nice to have my prose poem "Melons," which first appeared in qarrtsiluni online journal, paired with a photo on Flicker:

Lynn Morag's Flicker page

"Ovals and balls,

Bright green and thumpable
Laced over with stripes

Of turtle-dark green."

~ Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963 ~
From "Fiesta Melons"

"Two melons on the kitchen counter are reading yesterday’s newspaper. One of them would like to turn the page but the other is a slow reader, mouthing inimitable and acerbic as if they were frozen spoonfuls. The smallest melon doesn’t want to get an ice cream headache. What she wants is the companionship of ginger ale. What the larger one wants is good lighting on a paid vacation. Who can blame each for this one dream? I once knew a girl who loved a melon. For two years her parents refused to claim her as theirs. This is not our daughter, our daughter is gone, they’d say, naming a country she was lost in. One time, Yemen; the next, Nepal. To them, the daughter was better suited to yogurt. They were sure the melon had spoiled her, but who’s to say? I’m told she eventually eloped, that the noticeable change in her — some called it a ripening — was a matter of time and temperature, a tender story, a happenstance of seed."