The reading scheduled for Thursday March 22, 2018
from 7 to 9 p.m. at Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street in the Rozzie Reads series, HAS BEEN POSTPONED
based on March 20 forecast of severe weather. A NEW DATE and further details will be posted here as soon as available.
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.
All text on this website, including in downloadable form:
Copyright Paula Bonnell 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
All rights reserved.
In a handsome perfect-bound format, tales retold
is poems giving new takes on stories from myth, fables, folk & fairy tales, even 20th-century news. Principal and minor characters offer their perspectives on what's happening.
"The life of the mind begins here." -- Megan Marshall
author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life and The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism
"The intelligent child [Bonnell] conjures up has a mind as supple and lively as these ecstatic, wry poems." -- Miriam Levine
author of The Dark Opens and Devotion, a memoir
"The words a story in poems on the title page of Paula Bonnell's Before the Alphabet made me rejoice for narrative in contemporary poetry. Like all stories, these poems reveal a deeper story beneath the surface. I value this work greatly."-- Nick Samaras
author of Hands of the Saddlemaker and American Psalm, World Psalm
The world as peaceable kingdom is interrupted by wars and rumors of wars.
Lyric and narrative poems, including "Eurydice," a re-telling of the myth
poetry collection manuscript
This as-yet unpublished collection was a finalist in the National Poetry Series. "Plain Speech" and "Scenic Postcard" -- both reachable through the Quick Links below -- are from Abracadabra
A SPY AT LARGE IN THE PRINTED MATTER
in Slippery Elm Literary Journal's Online Edition
poem in spring 2015 issue of Poetry Porch
My Ordinary Love
poem published in Rattle 43, the Love Poems issue, Spring 2014, including audio of PB reading it
Before the Alphabet
See images and buy this brand-new chapbook. Quotes are in the top sidebar, above.
SNReview - Spring/Summer 2012
3 poems: "Indrio Road" and "60th Anniversary" and "A New Sight from a Familiar Place Shown to me by a New Friend"
Comments on the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of SNReview & Bonnell poems in it
Intersections -- Poetry with Mathematics
"In Konigsberg" from AIRS & VOICES is featured.
Small Press Distributors
You can buy AIRS & VOICES online from SPD.
Access the text of the poem Garrison Keillor read on The Writer's Almanac
from Abracadabra -- a collection by Paula Bonnell which was a finalist in the National Poetry Series -- "Scenic Postcard" is now featured on Rattle's website as the September 7, 2014 poem of the day
Scroll down the MESSAGE page for a spring poem
"The Faraway Nearby" and "Plain Speech"
from AIRS & VOICES and from Abracadabra, these two are "In the Window" -- just scroll down
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