Bare trees branch the sky
like branchioles in lungs
like nuerons in brains firing
the smell of scorched spark plugs
Like water falling from a mountain
both divided and united, a spreading cooling fan
Like skyviewed landmasses seem rock
lined waves weaving through water as thread through cloth
Find these patterns with searching eyes and fingertips:
these Fibonacci fractals, this mathematic beauty
Underlying sounds pinpoint the reasons
wind sings through the leaves and rain
patters like feet running over wet stones
Pictures painted by one poorly versed in higher math
inspired by nature’s geometric beauty
Since I’ve been posting so much about my book, I wanted to post an actual poem. I hope you enjoyed it.*
I was thrilled with the response to the cover reveal of my poetry book, Soul Picked Clean! Now, online only, the book is available to order for the low, low price of only $12!
But wait! There’s more!*
Also, Soul Picked Clean is only $10 to buy in-person, and I will donate 10% of that purchase to Project Gutenberg!* So, a new book, a chat with me, and a donation to something awesome. What are you waiting for?
Current and Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, March 20th (7pm – 9pm)
Latitudes Poetry Night: This Akron poetry event meets monthly at Compass Coffee, and usually features a guest poet reading, followed by an Open Mic.
Thursday, March 28th (6pm)
The Write Stuff This writers’ group meets at @North Canton Public Library once a month. If you’d like to check them out, bring 6-10 copies of something you’re working on. Writers break into groups based on genre and give feedback. I’ve always found it very helpful, and afterwards everyone usually goes to a local restaurant to talk–shop or otherwise.:)
Saturday, March 30th (7pm)
Book Launch party at Mac’s Backs, 1820 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118. Cat Russell and Pittsburgh-area poets Jason Irwin and Jen Ashburn will read.
Friday, April 12th
Aztilude sWord Fight Tournament in Canton, Ohio. I will be a “combatant” in my first live poetry competition. Come by, and wish me luck! More details forthcoming.
Saturday, April 13th (11am – 2pm)
Local Author Fair at Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, Ohio 44646. I am scheduled to read briefly, and I will also have books to sell at my table!
Monday, April 22nd (6:30pm)
Cat Russell author talk with music by Ed Amann at the Barberton Public Library, 602 West Park Avenue, Barberton, Ohio 44203.
Saturday, April 27th (9am – 4:30pm)
Western Reserve Writers’ Conference Any writers in the area should definitely attend this free writing conference at Cuyahoga Library’s South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch. I will not be reading, but I will attend, and I’d love to see you there!
Thank you for visiting, and I hope to see you in the coming weeks at one of these events!
*The posted poem, “Patterns,” is new and does not appear in the book, although it is a sample of the type of poetry I write. The image is courtesy of BigFoto.com.
**I know, I know, I couldn’t resist. 🙂
***That’s 10% of in-person sales, buying directly from me. This offer does not extend to online purchases or directly from other bookstores, as I have no idea how to arrange that.
****I realize some of the listings are duplicates that appeared in my previous blogpost, but I thought it would be easier for people to follow all in one place. You can also check the Cleveland Poetics Calendar for current poetry events by clicking the link at the top of the page.