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Letting Go

(“Fall Trees” c. 2018 by Alice Persons)

fall trees done

As wind and rain strip colorful leaves from the trees here in Maine, here is a timely poem by David McCann, who lives in Massachusetts.  David has two poetry collections from Moon Pie Press:  SAME BIRD and LOST AND FOUND.  Reprinted by permission; copyright 2016 by David McCann.

Detachment

She imagined each tree would have one leaf

that would be last, late November,

to give up to some indifferent gust,

or more simply at the end to gravity.

 

What prepares the leaf to fall is cold.

 

Temperature, a relative term;

the precipitous fall at night, more likely,

below a certain determinate level

that triggers a leaf’s detachment.

 

Study the leaf, she would say.

 

What it learns

as the wind sighs fly away,

take as a token of wisdom.

 

 

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The pleasures of fall – and the endurance of books

The pleasures of fall – and the endurance of books.

New Year

blanket-of-snow

Here is a lovely poem by Moon Pie Press poet Ellen Taylor about that bittersweet task of putting away the holiday decorations. I’m done with the job at my house, after three days that featured a lot of snow shoveling, too. Our weather has certainly been conducive to getting a lot of reading done. May your 2014 be peaceful and prosperous and include the joy of poetry.

UNDECORATING

Alone I unhook the glass bulbs
from needly fingers of pine,
wrap them in folds of newsprint.
Wooden ornaments require less care.
They lie together in shoeboxes
where they will spend the year nestled
with attic mothballs and mice.
Strings of lights fall like strands of pearls,
and except for wisps of tinsel
the tree is green once again.

The crèche is packed away with tissue paper.
All through Advent, baby Jesus has been moving
from manger to apex of the stable roof
because my nephew, almost five, has decided
that if Jesus is God, then he should fly.
Now the angels lie down with the shepherds,
the sheep, the donkey, and the Holy Family
are put to rest for another year.

No one will help with the undecorating,
I remember my mother saying. She is right.
Perhaps it is a ceremony of one,
one custodian sweeping up
after the final performance,
still humming the tune
of the night’s final song.

Pumpkins and a big prize

pumpkin_pie

young Hemingway

We’re in the pumpkin season, of course – suffering such abominations as pumpkin coffee and pumpkin beer. (Pie, bread, muffins, all that traditional stuff is great.) I threw in this photo of young Hemingway just because he was so handsome; that’s easy to forget when you see pictures of his older self.

I am so pleased that Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in literature. I have loved her writing for decades. Some of her stories are gritty, sad, and difficult to read; there is no one who penetrates into the hearts and minds of her characters the way she does. It’s unusual for a writer who has gone the distance to only write short stories, but obviously it’s her form. It’s about time a Canadian won, too.

Wonderful quote from Oscar Wilde: “All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.” His birthday was October 16.

Autumn in New England…and animal poetry

autumn leaves

Chandler with cat

Last night we had temperatures in the 30s, though my annuals didn’t die, so technically it wasn’t a frost here in Westbrook. At the risk of sounding corny/unoriginal, fall is my favorite season in New England (I’m not a fan of hot weather).

I’m working on a fun project compiling a second anthology of contemporary animal poetry. The first one, published in 2008, has sold well. All proceeds from that book go to the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (MSSPA), a private nonprofit mostly equine rescue organization in Windham, Maine. I volunteer for this excellent outfit. Check out the website at http://www.msspa.org and if you can, visit their beautiful farm and see what extraordinary care the horses and other animals receive.

That’s a picture of Raymond Chandler that I found online. Photos of writers with beloved animals are so cool. Anyway, I have put the second anthology on hold for a bit while I wait to find out whether Moon Pie Press and MSSPA will receive some grant money we have applied for to publish and advertise the book. I hope you will consider buying the first anthology and the second one when it’s out, too. These books are good gifts for animal lovers and benefit rescued horses and other creatures.

Two anniversaries to celebrate

book cupcakes

hopper Two Lights painting

This month marks 30 years since I moved to Maine. In August 1983 I moved here from Boston to go to law school, and I’ve never left. I grew up in the Army and also moved around a lot as a young adult – attending college and grad school, for example, in California, Oregon and Wisconsin. I never thought I would stay in one place this long, but I feel very at home in Maine. I love the four seasons, the landscape, the ocean, the low crime and relative lack of traffic and congestion. And the people. So many creative and artistic types are Mainers or drawn to the state.
This month I am also celebrating ten years of Moon Pie Press, and the birth of 72 books of poetry. Last Saturday night we had a party, which included distinguished Moon Pie Press poets and supporters such as Bruce Spang, Mike Albert, Betsy Sholl, Baron Wormser, Steve Luttrell, Martin Steingesser, Marita O’Neill and Duff Plunkett, and many more. I enjoy finding and publishing quality poetry books so much. I hope to do it for at LEAST another ten years.
It has been a joy and a privilege to publish the fine work of so many poets from Maine and other places.

Social media, and art pertaining to books

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giant bookBatman library

bird,book photo

books butterfly pic

cat and library

This week I’m posting some cool photos/art about books and reading – which I took mostly from Facebook. I have mixed feelings about social media — I’m uneasy particularly about our lack of privacy and all the undisclosed Big Brother-ish information-gathering about us behind the scenes. But Facebook is undeniably good for current jokes, endless cat pictures and beautiful photos and artwork of all kinds. I started a FB page for my press because that’s how a lot of people, especially young folks, get their information – not from a website, though I will continue to update mine with readings and events, and of course the Moon Pie Press catalog.
(www.moonpiepress.com) If you could LIKE the Moon Pie Press page on Facebook and add it as a “friend”, that would be greatly appreciated. The press runs on a shoestring budget and anything free that helps spread the word is wonderful.

More reading-related art and photos will follow in future blogs.

Happy reading !