Duck Lake Books is publishing tomorrow a wonderful new book by Cheryl J. Fish, Crater & Tower.
In 2010, Fish attended the Pulse Gathering of Scientists at Mount St. Helen’s Volcanic National Monument where in 1980 the crater erupted blowing more than 1,000 feetfrom the mountain top.
This accomplished poet and scholar, having witnessed the terrifying events of September 11, 2001 from a few blocks away as a resident and professor at a nearby community college, melded the “smoke and ash at both places, fragments of bone and rock,shock and death” (1) into the poems in Crater & Tower.
I am spending a lot of time in pre–publishing author stuff, like writing bios, getting endorsement blurbs, looking at cover designs. I’m happy to have the opportunity to publish, but miss my creative time. Does anyone have the same experience?
In conjunction with the Emily Dickinson Museum and the Florence Poets Society, I will be doing a reading, with several other poets, from recent work and my new book, Touch My Head Softly (Finishing Line Press, 2021) on Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in attending, send me a message and I will send you the link.
What motivates you to write at home? I have been trying different things. My latest as a poet is exploring different forms, like the Seguidilla. This is a verse form from Spain of seven syllable counted lines (7,5,7,5,5, 7 5.) Between the second and the fourth there’s a rhyme and the fifth and the seventh. Here’s my attempt at a Seguidilla: