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Exquisite poetry from fellow poet Carol Stephen published on Silver Birch Press today as part of their Mythic Poetry Series. I love the way this creates a myth of childhood. Great stuff!
Originally posted on Silver Birch Press:
There’s something elemental in the odour of death,
each myth dissected, the way boys dissect frogs,
then wash hands in the pond’s fog. Each remembers
the veined legs, the death-croak, wonders
what to tell mother when she asks
What possessed you?
It’s a boy thing, a tradition, this call down to the river.
Answers mothers have forgotten:
how to balance on a log, counting to thirteen.
Things children know:
The call of the desert, summer wind, dancing silent.
Sacrifice at the oasis, the offering of young bulls.
Their death songs recede into sand, drift into
each mouth, the labour of their last breath.
Children burn through days believing nine religious things.
Whisper secrets. Escape from prayers, their auras
clear and hollow, drawn always to water, to riverbed.
Every child learns to walk at an angle, to memorize
the mysteries of ancestors kept in…
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Today is Sylvia Plath’s birthday, she would have turned 82 today; making her 40 years my senior and the same age as my grandmother. Click to listen to this radio program recording from Clocktower Radio, posted today by Aerogramme Studio.
The recording includes readings from The Beehive, Stings, Fever 103, New Statue, Cut, Contusion, Daddy,Death & Co., Angelfire, The Colossus, The Applicant, A Fatherless Son, Lesbos, and excerpts from The Bell Jar. The recording is described by Charles Ruas as a program “primarily devoted towards the dark and feminist undertones in Plath’s work. This implication was magnified by the female actresses that participated in the reading of her works. The participants included; Dorothy Dells, Sandra Lowell, Jay MacIntosh, Juliana McCarthy, Constance Pfeiffer, Judith Roberts, Joan Strauss, and Sheri Tyler.”
This seems fairly well developed. Their stats are included in the graphic below… maybe if I’m feeling ambitious I’ll start one just for poetry in my area :). That said, there were five groups within 25 miles of Utah County… not a big metro area, worth checking out! Writers so do need other writers…