Collected Poets Series, Nov. Edition.

April_Ossmann,_Peter_Waldor,_Pam_Stewart_Nov_2009_copyThis Thursday, November 5, at 7:30pm, the Collected Poets Series will present another full night with poets April Ossmann, Peter Waldor, and Pamela Stewart.

April Ossmann is the author of Anxious Music (Four Way Books, 2007) and has published her poetry widely in journals including Colorado Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and Harvard Review, and in anthologies including From the Fishouse (Persea Books, 2009) and Contemporary Poetry of New England(UPNE, 2002). She has won several poetry awards, including the 2000 Prairie Schooner Readers’ Choice Award. She is a publishing, writing, and editing consultant (www.aprilossmann.com), and teaches poetry in private tutorials and at The Writer’s Center in White River Junction, VT. She has also taught at Lebanon College and the University of Maine at Farmington and was executive director of Alice James Books from 2000 -2008. She lives in Post Mills, VT.

Peter Waldor was born in Newark, New Jersey.  He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. For the past twenty years Waldor has worked in the insurance business in northern New Jersey where he lives with his wife and three children. Waldor’s poetry has appeared in many magazines (both in print and on-line) such as Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, and Mothering Magazine. Waldor’s book of poetry, Door to a Noisy Room, was published by Alice James Books in January, 2008.

Pamela (Jody) Stewart was born in Boston. She received her BA from Goddard College ADP and her MFA from the University of Iowa. Among her publications are four poetry chapbooks and five full-length volumes of poems: The St. Vlas Elegies (L’Epervier Press, 1977), Cascades (L’Epervier Press, 1979), Nightblind (Ion Books/Raccoon, 1985), Infrequent Mysteries (Alice James Book, 1991), and The Red Window (University of Georgia Press, 1997). A chapbook, The Ghost Farm will be published by Pleasure Boat Studio in the spring of 2010. Jody has been included in the Pushcart Anthologies twice, won American Poetry Review‘s first prize for Best Poems of 1980, and received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hawthorndon Fellowship and an MCC grant. She met her current husband Ed Cothey while traveling in Cornwall, UK. They returned to the States in 1990 to Hawley, MA and formed Tregellys Farm. Jody is working on a New and Selected volume.

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Musica Domestica.

One missing letter, and suddenly what you’ve typed is “housefly” (musca domestica).  Which is how I’ve been feeling, flitting from room to room, restless, useless.  This is not about “nesting”.  What I’d really like to do is curl up with a great book and read for a few hours.  But “curling up” is simply impossible when a body’s this pregnant, dagnabbit.

Cookies!
Cookies!

So yesterday, which was a miserable rainy/icy stuck-inside sort of day, I exercised my atrophying domestic muscles and baked cookies. That’s right.  And not just any cookies, but what I consider the best cookies in creation, oatmeal chocolate chip. I’ve tried many different recipes for this cookie in the past, and it’s hard to really come up with a bad one, but I love this one — and it was right on the bag!  I don’t remember that being true before.  The only aspect of the recipe I would change is the size of the chips — I prefer using mini-semi-sweet chocolate chips, but my local grocer didn’t have them.

Nonetheless:  O so good, a symphony of taste!

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From Pamela Stewart’s The Red Window (Univ. of Georgia Press, 1997):


Blue Winter Light


Last night a mouse was torn from the earth
while three cars crashed on the highway.
Last night I dreamed under my skin
down to where blood sweeps back and forth.
A man I loved still walks there
in disturbing currents. As I watch the forest
fade to darkening cold, an owl prepares.
There is no I for predators to hunt. For me
just the indigo galaxy —
its spirals and exhalations of dust.