That’s the name of a poetry book I recently finished reading. I love this chick, Beth Ann Fennelly. Have y’all heard of her? Have y’all read her? If not you should. Oh, me? How did I come across her work?
Okay so I go to these readings at my local college, I’m sure I have mentioned it before and Beth Ann was there. She is a great speaker and read a few of her poems—marvelous.
I have looked through this book to find a portion of a poem to share with you…hard to pick… as the formatting lends quite a bit to the way some of her poems read and I’m sure I can’t get them to show correctly with blogger (no offence blogger). I found one that I think will be fine as it has regular formatting…so without further ado and delay, a portion of a poem …
Poem Not to Be Read at your Wedding
You ask me for a poem about love
in place of a wedding present, trying to save me
money. For three nights I’ve lain
under glow-in-the-stars I’ve stuck to the ceiling
over my bed. I’ve listened to the songs
of the galaxy. Well, Carmen, I would rather
give you your third set of steak knives
than tell you what I know. Let me find you
Ah yes, there is more to this piece, but y’all know how I am. I want you to rush out and buy a copy of this book, check it outta your li-berry (if you have a card), download an e-version of it (if available) In my opinion, Beth Ann writes in an adult voice with child like questioning and exploration without fear of a truthful answer nor the outcome. It is what it is.
Awarded the 2001 Kenyon Review Prize & the GLCA New Writers Award
Beth Ann Fennelly
What have y’all read lately?