Reading GNOMON, by Cynthia Huntington

In the car rider line with a book of poetry, I find the world shifts into a slightly better frame for me. The beautiful Gnomon today, by Cynthia Huntington (Jacar Press, 2017).
A gnomon is “the projecting piece on a sundial that shows the time by the position of its shadow.”
From the title poem: “The apples are sour and hard./ The trees are dreaming/ the shape the teeth tore from the flesh./ Gnomon. The part taken away,/ shape of absence — mirror/ to the missing piece. You would know your beloved/ even turned away.”

 

The themes of love and longing appear over and again within the book; and this kind of love is next to the holy, and “there is no joy beyond this.”

 

“– we go on under stars, under the darkest/ clouds, we climb and descend, our feet heavy;/ we are tired — but everything is so astonishing,/ each moment so new. We go on; stepping forward,/ we ask: Are you here? The grass says yes./ We step into God every moment, stunned, dumb-/ founded, we meet him however we go, so how/ can we bear to rest, to cease discovering him/ over and over, in the next moment, opening …”

 

This whole chapbook works like this. “… climb and descend, climb and descend” … seeking and finding God at each unexpected turn, from a green star to a horse alone in a pasture. Love and sorrow, the sweetest loves, the sweetest joys — and every poem in this chapbook is a door.

Honestly, this is poetry I wish I’d written.

And just like the hike through the woods that you wish would last longer, this is a short read — only 20 pages — but what a lovely journey. And the poems, like trees, clear our heads, somehow remind us who we are.

The blurb on the back by David Rivard: “After experience is done teaching us just about everything it thinks it needs to teach us, we come back to desire, the one thing worth knowing. This time around desire shows up as a wild calm, dead center of whatever picture in which we find ourselves. These marvelous, subtle poems go deep, deep, deep into that wild calm. So subtle, so moving! I don’t believe anyone but Cynthia Huntington could have written them.” 

If you pick up this chapbook, let me know what you think.

Purchase information here.

Community Fundraiser for Go Conscious Earth

Join us June 27th at 3:00pm-5:00pm at the Chapel Hill Library for this community fundraiser event to benefit our global tribe.

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Scheduled is a poetry reading by NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jaki Shelton Green, along with music by Godi Godar and Dean Deboer.  A silent auction will take place to raise money for Go Conscious Earth and the Nsoli Rain Forest and the Lac Tumba people of the Congo.

Please visit Go Conscious Earth to learn more about this organization’s efforts to save the Nsoli Rain Forest and the Lac Tumba, and how to make a financial donation. We appreciate your donated gifts for auction.  Contact us for more details.

Proudly sponsored by SistaWRITE, Jacar Press, and Sable Books.


GCE works to save the Nsoli Rain Forest as well as combat the poverty of the Lac Tumba people in the Congo.

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From the website:

Lac Tumba is a beautiful, life-sustaining, and unspoiled lake in the heart of the Congo Basin Rainforest, the 2nd largest rainforest in the world, second only to the Amazon. The Congo Basin Rainforest has one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet and is extremely resistant to climate change. Rainforests are the lungs of the earth. They remove tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide from the air while producing great amounts of oxygen, stabilizing Earth’s climate.

The Congo Basin Rainforest provides food, shelter, water, and medicine to over 75 million people.

The Congo Basin Rainforest is being destroyed by multinational corporations using it for timber, mineral extraction, and commercial farming. Its destruction threatens to destroy the communities that depend on it, irrevocably harm the global climate, and cause the extinction of many species of wildlife.

Lac Tumba is home to 100,000 indigenous people. All of the people living here live without adequate food, clean water, healthcare, education, electricity, or transportation.  In their efforts to survive, they are forced to use farming and fishing techniques that harm the rainforest and the lake. They want to preserve their rainforest home, but they need more resources in order to implement alternatives to these practices.

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Three Beautiful Anthologies for under $10 from Jacar Press

A wonderful way to support a local, independent press this holiday season.

Three beautiful anthologies, featuring hundreds of celebrated poets- from Pulitzer Prize winner Claudia Emerson, to Macarthur Foundation Genius Awardee Thylias Moss, to National Book Award finalists Alan Shaprio, Sarah Lindsay and others.  (Plus recipes!)

GET ALL THREE for under $10

When you order The Sound of Poets Cooking and What Matters for your Kindle or Kobo reader ($4.95 each), you receive a print copy of … and love … for FREE.

The Sound of Poets CookingTHE SOUND OF POETS COOKING 

SOLD OUT IN PRINT  | Sometimes poetry, sometimes recipes- and sometimes the recipes are poetry.  Featuring work by five dozen poets, including NC Poet Laureates Fred Chappell and Kathryn Stripling Byer, and dozens of other nationally celebrated writers. The poems alternate with recipes written by the poets, their family members, lovers and friends. The writing is at turns sensuous, hilarious, elegant, and playful. The recipes range from Asian, through European, to Middle Eastern dishes, as well as regional favorites from across the U.S. There is something here for every palate, literary and culinary.

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A beautiful and moving collection of poetry about that which matters most. Poems by Pulitzer Prize winner Claudia Emerson, MacArthur Foundation Genius grantee Thylias Moss, National Book Award finalist Alan Shapiro, Yale Series of Younger Poets awardee Fady Joudah, and 90+ other writers.  Questions, answers, meditations,and explorations on the why and how of living.

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... and love ...

After your order, e-mail us to receive your FREE print copy of …and love…. 

Poems by Marge Piercy, Sam Hamill, Dorianne Laux, Ron Rash, Lola Haskins, Stuart Dischell, doris davenport, Fred Chappell, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Alan Michael Parker, Michael Chitwood, Betty Adcock, Joe Millar, Nancy Simpson, David Huddle, Holly Iglesias, Dannye Romine Powell and 100+ other poets.

Lovers and spouses. Sons and daughters. Parents, friends, strangers, pets. First love, last love, dying love, passionate love, sad love, wasted love, devoted love; love of body, love of spirit, love of self, love of place, love of time, love of moments, love of love.

Love that shivers, fizzles, shimmers, love that fades, dissolves, grows bitter. Love that races ahead, love that lingers. Comfortable love. Edgy love. Hungry love. Discarded love. Love that can no longer be called love. Love too great to be contained in one word.

Love as sacrifice or companionship. Love as passion, lust, or fetish. Love as angry or kind, controlling or tender. Love that lasts, in spite of itself. Love won hard. Love lost. Twists,turns, calamities, salvation. The sweet, delicious falling in…

We’ve been lucky in love. Love has come to us in abundance. Or love has been withheld, denied, stolen, broken. We’ve stumbled on love, we’ve chased after love, we’ve driven into the storm of it. We’ve courted love. We’ve been stalked. We’ve fallen. We’ve soared. We’ve despaired. We’ve shared love, been lonely in love and been, well, awake–in all the ways that make the breath come quick–all for the sake of three words. Whatever it brings, love is the only thing that makes everything else ring true.

Essay Contest for H.S. Football Players on Domestic Violence

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In order to bring more awareness to the issue of domestic violence within the football culture, and open up the conversation with young players, Jacar Press, a community active press, and Women Writers of the Triad are teaming up to host an essay competition for high school football players on “Why Domestic Violence is Wrong.”

Student essays may be submitted in the body of an e-mail sent to jacarassist@gmail.com.  While there is no fee to enter, we suggest a $1 submission donation. Winning essay will be awarded a $75 prize, and all proceeds raised will go to the local domestic violence shelter in the winning writer/athlete’s hometown.  Submissions are open from September 30-November 30.

Donations can be made here:

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or mailed to:
2014 D.V. Essay Competition
P.O. Box 4345
Cary, NC 27519

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Submission Guidelines

1. Deadline for submission is November 30, 2014.

WHITE_FB_ProfilePicture_WWOT_JUN42.  There is no submission fee for participation, but a $1 donation is suggested. Please use the Paypal “Donate” button above.

3.  Any U.S. high school football player is eligible to enter.

4.  Essays may be sent in the body of an e-mail addressed to jacarassist@gmail.com.  (No attachments, please.)

5.  Winning essay will be awarded $75.00, and all proceeds raised through donations will be given to the local domestic violence shelter in the winning writer/athlete’s hometown.  Author retains all rights to the work, but we will ask permission to also send a copy to local newspaper(s) and/or relevant blogs.

Send any questions you may have through the form below.

“At the End” wins Honorary Mention in the 2014 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition

I am thrilled to share with you that my poem, “At the End,” won Honorary Mention in the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, from the North Carolina Writers’ Network.  This year’s judge was Jillian Weise.

At the End was first published in the beautiful poetry & art journal, One, from Jacar Press. I would be honored if you clicked the link to read it there.

I am humbled to find myself in the company of the esteemed winning poets:

Alan Michael Parker of Davidson is the winner of the 2014 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition for his poem, “Lights Out in the Chinese Restaurant.”  Parker has won the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition two years in a row. Maureen Sherbondy of Raleigh was named First Runner Up for her poem “After the Funeral.”  Kathryn Kirkpatrick also received Honorable Mention, for her poem, “Visitation.” Sherbondy also received an honorable mention in 2011.

 

Love. In time for Valentine’s Day

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Celebrate love and poetry on February 9th for a reading of the … and love … anthology from Jacar Pressand its second printing — just in time for Valentine’s Day. Fred Chappell, Sarah Lindsey,  Stuart Dischell, and Debra Kaufman are scheduled to read.

And! a creative writing opportunity to follow — in the form of a workshop offered by enormously gifted writer and teacher, Richard Kriewac.

Barnes & Noble at Friendly Shopping Center in Greensboro, NC.  Starts at 2:00pm, goes until about 3:30pm or 4:00pm.  Join us!

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Poetry and Food | The Sound of Poet’s Cooking

vibrant cranberries,
one drop of water
holds on

–Deborah Finkelstein

Just in time for Christmas, The Sound of Poets Cooking, the wonderful poetry anthology/cookbook, is available from Amazon.com for Kindle as well as for Kobo (both with free apps for reading on the iPad)  and will make the perfect gift for the poetry or food lover in your life.   Like the heartiest of stews, this collection will nourish you, warm you, and feed your spirit.

The Sound of Poets Cooking

“This is the most delicious book on my bookshelf. The poems will make you laugh, cry andwax nostalgic.  And the recipes will make your mouth water. No wonder the little stone Buddha on the cover has such a satisfied smile on his face.”  — Cathy Smith Bowers, North Carolina Poet Laureate, 2010-June 2012.

Featuring work by five dozen poets, including NC Poet Laureates Fred Chappell and Kathryn Stripling Byer, and dozens of other nationally celebrated writers, the poems alternate with recipes written by the poets, their family members, lovers and friends. The writing is at turns sensuous, hilarious, elegant, and playful. The recipes range from Asian to European to Middle Eastern dishes, as well as regional favorites from across the U.S.–tiramisu, homemade curry, vegetarian meals, exotic seafood, some simple, some complex. There is something here for every palate, literary and culinary.

Jacar Press LogoAnd just like all best dishes, this book is an act of love and generosity.  Proceeds from the sales of this book will be used to fund writing workshops in excluded communities.  Jacar Press is a Community Active literary press, dedicated to both publishing fine writing and being a positive force in local communities by sharing our proceeds with those in need.  Proceeds from the sales of The Sound of Poets Cooking  will become small stipends for poets to conduct free writing workshops in their communities. Poets with an idea for a workshop can complete a proposal form at the back of the book.

Recipes include:
Sea Bass with Cherry-Mango-Tomatillo Sauce
Peach Mango Plum Pork Chops
Rosehip Curry
Balsamic Mango
Irish Soda Bread
Brussels Sprouts and Goat Cheese Risotto
Onion Pie
Fig Tart with a Cornmeal Crust

and many more … plus poetry about these dishes or others, or memories of dishes, or times when there was not enough to eat.

Written about The Sound of Poets Cooking

From Scott Owens’ Musings:  “The Sound of Poets Cooking is a new, 172-page anthology of poems about food accompanied by related recipes, from Krawiec’s fledgling press, Jacar Press. And it is an impressive debut, featuring wonderful work from poets both familiar and new, including two NC Poets Laureate, Fred Chappell and Kathryn Stripling Byer, and numerous other standards: Joseph Bathanti, Kelly Cherry, Jaki Shelton Green, Susan Ludvigson, Joanna Catherine Scott, Shelby Stephenson, and more, wrapped in a clever cover with an image of Buddha cradling a pomegranate, eggplant, carrots, tomatoes,sweet potato, chef’s knife and some spiky yellow fruit I’m not familiar with, appealingly conveying the mixture of spirituality and whimsy one might expect from poetry about food.”

From the Independent Weekly:  “The Sound of Poets Cooking, a combined cookbook and poetry anthology, embodies this coming together of the literary and culinary arts. More than 60 poets, many of whom have North Carolina connections, such as Andrea Selch, Paul Jones, Jaki Shelton Green, Scott Owens, Al Maginnes and Mark Smith-Soto, ladle out enticing recipes and crafted verse, woven thematically together. The brainchild of Richard Krawiec, a longtime local teacher, writer, publisher and activist, the book also marks the debut of Jacar Press as a full-fledged literary publisher.”

The sudden smell of wine finds you
dressing flowers, their points
moist with a white as sweet as milk.

A pleasure, the way you fill the distance
with pastures, select the blackest cows
for cream.  This is more than imagination:

the aroma of bread rising
about the kitchen, the Brie’s
smooth skin gently darkening.

from Gifts, by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, found in The Sound of Poets Cooking

Please read more about Richard Krawiec.

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Featuring the work of …

Malaika King Albrecht * Joseph Bathanti * Kathryn Stripling Byer * Fred Chappell * Kelly Cherry * * Jaki Shelton Green * John Hoppenthaler * Sarah Lindsay * Susan Ludvigson * Al Maginnes * Susan Meyers * Lenard D. Moore * Marty Silverthorne * Mark Smith-Soto * Shelby Stephenson * Myrna Stone * Julie Suk * and many more

Vibrant Cranberries, from The Sound of Poets Cooking and originally published in The Asahi Haikuist Network, August 15, 2008.