Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Poetry Party

Three prize-winning poets will debut their new works at the library on Sunday, January 11, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to meet the poets and hear them read selections from their books. Copies will also be available for sale and signing.

Ruth F. Harrison of Waldport presents among the cat tales, illustrated by Anita Sue Andrews. Of this volume Jean Esteve says, “Real poems! About real cats! . . . a charming litter of rhyme, rhythm and whimsy, . . . gorgeous lines, quiet philosophy of acceptance of life’s uninvited surprises, and the extraordinary insight into the heart of the feline Other . . . clearly the work of a mature and accomplished poet.” Harrison is author of three chapbooks and four poetry collections, including her most recent West of 101 and How Singular and Fine.

Sue Parman of Hillsboro will read from The Carnivorous Gaze, which is, according to Brian Doyle (author of Mink River), “Thorny, witty, braided and woven and webbed, startling; dark and sweet and sad and funny; lines and passages that will haunt you for days; and behind it all a wry sharp intelligence and large open bruised heart. A terrific read.” Parman’s previous collection is The Thin Monster House from Finishing Line.

Sandra Mason of Seal Rock will share work from Lost and Found. Oregon book award finalist Toni Hanner remarks that these poems “display the poet's deep scholarship and her command of formal constraint, while at the same time they sing a wild love song to the body and the world of nature, jazz, lovers and loved ones. Mason's spirituality is woven through this diverse collection, culminating in the lovely, wry 'Taoist' poems. Her humor is never far from the surface in these poems, leading us easily from loss to light and back to inevitable loss. Lost and Found is an impressive collection.” Mason’s collection of poems based on the Chinese masters, Poems Along the Way, was released in 2012.

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