Tomorrow night (Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 7 PM), the Commonwealth Reading Series launches at Newtonville Books. If you’ve been following the blog, you may know that the Commonwealth Reading Series is a series of events featuring readings by MCC-awarded writers and poets.
We thought we’d mark the occasion by sharing brief samples of work by tomorrow’s featured writers and poets. Enjoy.
it’s like holding your breath under water, he told her,
peace and quiet inside and out at the same time
From Missouri Grandfather by Catherine Stearns
It makes sense to me that the first animal she hallucinated – at least the first that I know about – was a cat. My mother hated cats.
From Creatures by Kathleen Crowley
Go to sleep, my little dinosaur,
with no accounts or credits. Sleep,
while sleep alone is due.
From Invocation, and a Sort of Lullaby by Jonathan Weinert
The broad South African sky shrunk me to nothing and the upside-down constellations made the stars strange. The moon silvered the Keiskamma River as I passed the turn-off for the church in Bodium. The ocean crescendoed and faded, like an orchestra that never turned melodic.
From Keiskamma by Lisa Gruenberg
But I prefer the angled glance
off the edge of an eyeful,
suggestive weather by dint of
round mint on the pillow, not
the full weight of a truffle
on the tongue…
From Slut by Marsha Pomerantz