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Capturing the Word — Beth Ann Fennelly Revised   Leave a comment

As I often do at each Writers In Performance Series reading, I purchase one of the writer’s books of poetry. It was not different May 4, 1998 when Beth Ann Fennelly was our guest writer. It was an evening I remember well, not  because she was a young attractive women, which could serve to bias one’s impression, but because I loved her poetry and her spoken-word skills.

After the reading, I ask her to sign her book of poetry, A Different Kind of Hunger, in which she was kind enough to write:

For Kenne,

Thanks for your presence here tonight.
The world needs more poetry-loving,
coffee brewing deans.

I hope you enjoy these
poems and share this hunger.

Indeed I have. My biggest regret is that I will not be there to brew the coffee when Beth Ann returns to the Writers In Performance Series this Thursday evening (7:00 p.m. September 16, 2010 at Lone Star College – Montgomery).

After her reading in 1998, Beth Ann went on to receive many awards for her writing and is now a professor at the University of Mississippi.

For this Capturing the Word posting, I have selected “Poem Not to Be Read at Your Wedding,” from A Different King of Hunger

Poem Not To Be Read at Your Wedding

You ask me for a poem about love
in lieu of a wedding present, trying to save me
money. For three nights I’ve lain under
glow-in-the-dark 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
some other store-bought present. Don’t
make me warn you of stars, how they see us
from that distance as miniature and breakable
from the bride who tops the wedding cake
to the Mary on Pinto dashboards
holding her ripe red heart in her hands.


Beth Ann Fennelly photo source – Google Images

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