But I know we're not typical. Most people head outside for yard and garden work, or scoot to the hardware or home store for supplies for weekend tasks.
And that's why, this summer, Kingdom Books is offering poetry readings as nice late 11 a.m. brunches on Saturdays -- a time to stop after all the running and racing, refill the tea or coffee or even iced beverage, and mellow out with contemporary poetry, whether lyric or narrative, formed or edgy.
Comiug up soon, we're welcoming TWO poets at once. Here's the scoop:
Noted Poets Reading at Kingdom Books
Waterford -- On Saturday June 14, at 11 a.m., noted poets Jim Schley and Dzvinia Orlowsky will read from their new collections at a poetry brunch at Kingdom Books.
Schley, who lives in North Strafford, Vermont, is the author of many poems featured on Garrison Keillor's radio show "The Writer's Almanac" and in Keillor's book "Good Poems," as well as in "Best American Spiritual Writing" and many magazines. His new collection, "As When, In Season," has been praised by award-winning American poet Hayden Carruth, who said, "I like these poems immensely." Direct, evoking both the New England landscape and that of the heart, Schley's poems celebrate and sing.
Reading with Schley is Massachusetts poet Dzvinia Orlowsky, whose work has won a Pushcart Prize. Orlowsky is a founding editor of Four Way Books, and is an accomplished translator as well as author of four books of poetry. She'll read from her widely heralded new collection "Convertible Nights, Flurry of Stones." The poems are lyrical and often strongly narrative, rooting in the frightening diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer -- from which, with this book, Orlowsky "radiates light in the darkness."
Books by both poets, including their earlier work, will be available for purchase. Reviews of the work can be found at kingdombks.blogspot.com. Please call ahead to reserve copies of the new books.
Kingdom Books is a poetry and mystery specialty shop at 283 East Village Road, Waterford, open for special events like this one and by appointment; contact the shop at 802-748-5488 or KingdomBks@aol.com.
And the next Poetry Brunch will be -- Saturday July 12, with poet April Ossmann, who's also earned her stripes as publishing editor for Alice James Books over in Maine. Same time, same place. Mark your calendar.
One more reminder: This just in from publisher Martha Rhodes, who picked April's book and who is always looking for the next one for her list:
2008 Four Way Books June Reading Period
Submission Dates: June 1 - 30 2008 by e-mail or regular mail
Poetry Novellas Short Story Collections
For complete guidelines please visit: www.fourwaybooks.com