Wednesday October 11, 2017
from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Poets & Pints series at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville,
where Porter Square Books will present Paula Bonnell reading from tales retold
along with two other poets reading their work.
The reading will start at 7, after people who have arrived at 6
have had a chance to pick up any beverage they might want to buy -- you can bring in your take-out or homemade food and socialize pre-reading (and even eat and drink during).
(The reading area has tables and chairs where people can eat, drink, and socialize before the reading
and where books will also be displayed.)
As October 11 draws closer, more details will appear on Aeronaut's calendar page:
Tuesday November 7, 2017
from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the second segment
of the New England Poetry Club's 2017 contest awards reading - open to the public -
at the Yenching Library, Harvard University, 22 Divinity Street, Cambridge
by members whose poems were chosen by the judges in the NEPC's annual contest,
including Paula Bonnell reading "Fooling around with Words" .
A list of the 18 poets honored by the judges may be found here.
Tuesday February 6, 2018
from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at an NEPC "Members with new books" reading
at Yenching Library, Harvard University, 22 Divinity Street, Cambridge
Paula Bonnell will read from tales retold
along with Ben Berman and Susan Eisenberg reading from theirs.
NEPC meetings are open to the public.
Thursday March 22, 2018
from 7 to 9 p.m. at Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street in the Rozzie Reads series,
Paula Bonnell will read from tales retold as one of two featured readers.
There will be an open mic following the features.
Free parking on Hawthorne & Poplar Streets, in unnumbered spaces, and at rear of Roslindale House.
Autographed copies of Before the Alphabet are now available.
Earlier news items about this book, followed by a reprint of a poem from the book.
A reading by Paula Bonnell from Air & Voices took place as scheduled at the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library in the early evening of Thursday April 18, 2013, the day before the city was locked down with a shelter-in-place directive as a result of events later Thursday evening. A small appreciative unterrorized audience made the evening successful despite the uncertainties then prevailing, and everyone involved -- author, publisher, and audience -- appreciated the BPL's commitment to having the show go on.
Intersections -- Poetry with Mathematics
In April 2012, in celebration of April both as National Poetry Month and Mathematics Awareness Month, "In Konigsberg" from AIRS & VOICES was featured on the blog of JoAnne Growney, a mathematician who writes and anthologizes poetry. You can access both the poem and interesting mathematical background as well as the anthologist's comments through the blue "Intersections" link above.
"The Faraway Nearby" -- from Airs & Voices -- was first published in the Winter 2008 issue of The Hudson Review.
THE FARAWAY NEARBY
I could live in the next life
if only I could get to it
Driving onto the promontory
again and again, I visit the screened porch
sleep in new-washed sheets
drink the breeze
and depart across the grilled
pause in the road
that is the bridge. I look quickly
to left or right--is it high
or low tide? when will
I return to swim in it?
instead of bathing
in my sweat, laboring
to get here. I mean,
to get there for I remain
mired in the city of tasks,
always something urgent
at the very moment of departure.
Oh, the summer of voices, the presence
of the grass, the suggestion
of wings in the moving
leaves as I leave--over
and over again--when I long
to arrive and stay.
Copyright Paula Bonnell 2008, 2010, 2014.
The Poetry of Wislawa Szymborska
by Paula Bonnell
This essay originally appeared, in slightly different form, in Boston Review, April 1983.
You can buy Airs & Voices online from BkMk Press -- via the link in the sidebar and the gray order box at the top of the catalogue page.
"Plain Speech" -- given below -- was first published in Southern Poetry Review
There are two great things: in the day, work;
in the night, heartbeats. Against these is the grave.
Not the sensory qualities of its earth lining,
but the isolation of the hole itself, the non-place.
In the day, love is as unseen as the sun;
it simply illumines with a general light.
In the dark, like the stars, it draws attention as
it becomes particular.
Work is as unnoticed in the night as sleep;
the shadows which made the day's forms distinct
have come to a fullness, one that love rides.
The earth turns as imperceptibly as the sonnet
used to do; it's come about now.
Mouths touch and separate, feet feel the floor.
From the center, gravity holds everything down.
Copyright Paula Bonnell 1982, 1984, 1985, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2010.
"Plain Speech" subsequently appeared in the ANTHOLOGY OF MAGAZINE VERSE & YEARBOOK OF AMERICAN POETRY (1984 Edition) and in the Boston Herald's April 2001 National Poetry Month feature. It also won a Cambridge Poetry Festival award. "Plain Speech" is included in the manuscript of Abracadabra, a finalist in the National Poetry Series.
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