Sunday, November 04, 2007

Poet Stanley Plumly, Nat'l Book Award Finalist, Reading in Vermont Monday Nov. 19

At the moment, the Vermont Studio Center has a reading by poet Stanley Plumly scheduled for Monday November 19 at 8 p.m. The schedules often change, so it's wise to call to make sure an event is still taking place on the day planned -- 802-635-2727.

Plumly's latest collection, released this fall, is OLD HEART. It's one of the finalists for the National Book Award, a powerful collection from the 70-year-old director of the University of Maryland creative writing program (and author of more than 350 books, articles, essays...). Here's a taste from the collection. Norton, which published it, is quoting Rita Dove, who said Plumly is the heir to the poetry of James Wright and Keats:

from “Childhood”

Let the stone gods
In their fountains move like clockwork—
they’re no less rooted in the rain
nor their marble less perfection of the snow—
let the clay gods circle in the fire. The body
piecemeal wastes away, the something soul
slips from the mouth, muse and sacred memory
shuts its eyes. I died, I climbed a tree, I sang.

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