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John Berbrich: The World Boneblog #18

Posted by BoneWorld Publishing on May 4, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Okay, the Lorrie Moore thing didn't work out; she apparently got the flu & couldn't make it, although I hear they are trying to reschedule for next school year.  So on Tuesday we saw Katherine Riegel at SUNY Potsdam who gave a talk on poet craft, specifically about making sure the reader cares about what you write.  Riegel has produced two collections of poetry, Castaway (2010) & What the Mouth Was Made For (2013) both published by FutureCycle Press located down in Georgia.  Castaway focuses on the author's childhood among the cornfields of Illinois, & her reaction to the breakup of her parents when she was ten.  What the Mouth Was Made For is a more mature work, in which Riegel lets her imagination go, although the phantoms of her childhood still emerge from time to time.  By the way, Katherine prefers to be called Katie, in case you run into her at a reading somewhere.


Then on Friday, May 2nd, also at Potsdam State, we saw the poet Laurie Filipelli give a talk on poetry and imagination.  At one stage of the presentation, she handed out an individual word to each person present, & we had to write ten specific things or events our word prompted, then pick the one that really stood out & do a free-write on it for about five minutes.  This was fun & constructive.  My word was "Winner."  :-)


Okay, that's it for now.  Sounds like a big, multimedia poetry event is taking shape in Potsdam for late May.  More on this later.  Bye.


weather: rain, of course

sonic: rain pounding on the metal roof

miscellaneous: Wallace Stevens

for adventure & the unexpected, contact John at ataraxia1114@aim.com.

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