I am pleased to announce the publication of my first poetry book by New Academia Press, INSIDE OUTSIDE Poems by Sue Silver. Wonderful! Fantastic!! all those wonderful words. I am so happy.
I will be doing a reading and signing of my book at Four Season’s Books at 116 W German St, Shepherdstown, WV 25443 at 2pm. Please come.
Here’s a taste from my book.
HEADING THAT WAY
They say if you wish to reach enlightenment
you must lose your desires.
Well that’s a tough one.
Why would I wish to give up my little wants
my wishes and the stuff that gets me outta bed
like earning that paycheck
so I can head home to New Zealand for eight weeks
whose lovely green shores, land of the long white cloud
I haven’t set foot on for over 10 years.
See the faces, share the love with my family there,
I had to weep and when my old love met me
at the airport, his voice, his walk just the same in that corner
of my heart where we never let go.
How about that desire to scratch that itch?
Never mind the racks of clothes and shoes
the jewelry in that big glass case
I just want to hear the loudest thunder cracking overhead
waking me in my bed, sit on my porch and breathe the rain.
Just one more time, this time, I want to feel my heart
explode with love, know the joy, the tenderness in this moment.
The dark waters, brown colored
in their depths, know nothing of my blood
running out from this deep gash
while fishing, this new knife unwieldy in my hands.
The kindness of strangers
asking if I’d caught anything
helping in my distress to bind my wound
stem the flow for all I know
the uncaught fish sallying for light
caught in a flash of reflection
watched me from beneath the pier
amazed at my ignorance, eating gladly
the bloodworm I dropped there.
At the hospital the nurses take such care
I am swept and cleaned and stitched
the lost light of this lovely afternoon
a picture past.
I visit again this windy pier
I do not cast nor attend to fishing gear
but walk and sit and linger in the cold
and ask the fish for another year.
My book is available at INSIDE OUTSIDE Poems by Sue Silver amazon.com
I am going to start doing readings at other venues as well. I’ll let you know.