Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Poetry Reading October 16 at Decatur Library


Georgia Center for the Book Presents
Louise Runyon, Robert Brown & Thrower Starr
POETRY READING
Tuesday, October 16, 7:15 p.m.
Decatur Library Auditorium
215 Sycamore Street, Decatur 30030
Free!  Poetry books will be available for purchase

~ Scroll down for poet bios ~


Louise Runyon's new book, The Passion of Older Women, is a manifesto on the wisdom, strength, needs and desires of older women – the rising demographic in our country!  It is also a testament to women of the previous generation, “who have brought us safe this far.”  The poems are inspired by working the earth in Decatur, Georgia; a love of the Southern Appalachians; the current political situation; the experience of writing in Italian; and the status of older women in relationship to men.  Included also are two short prose pieces – a life story in fable format and a summary of Runyon’s work as a dancer/choreographer.  The book affirms that older women will not go gently into this goodnight, the last phase of our lives.  Louise Morgan Runyon is a dancer/choreographer, political activist, urban farmer, student of Italian, and former steelworker as well as poet.  Scroll down for a new sample poem from the book.



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Robert Brown is a poet, teacher and consultant He has read his poems at the Folger Library, Library of Congress and Lucky Strike in New York City. In his poetry he leans toward the narrative. He attended the School for Visual Arts, the Ohio State University and the State University College at Buffalo. He has worked as a political organizer, driven a cab in New York City, run the family business, sold balloons and dozens of other jobs that have worked their way into his poetry. He has also written extensively about his life with his daughter Vita.
Thrower Starr has been writing poetry for nearly half a century and most recently has been working hard at it again.  He has worked at Paideia School as a teacher and as a counselor, and is also a psychologist in private practice.  Long-interested in men’s work, for the past decade his English classes have been boys-only.  Drawn to nature and also human relationships, his poetry dwells on both celebration and loss. He read his work at Decatur Library last fall.  You can visit his website at throwerstarr.com.

New Sample Poem (Runyon):

blue
  
I have been watching the faces of the blue hydrangeas
through the sifting trees from my porch swing
blue through green
tonight I sit up close and personal
directly in front of their large round faces
their blueness in the evening light
astonishing
full and flowered and generous
like a loving grandmother’s welcoming bosom
ready to harbor me, take me in
ready to comfort me, the big blue blooms
that first welcomed me to Atlanta, that promised
this could be my home, those great blue faces
dwarfing the white frame houses
behind them
and now, the evening sky above these blue globes
peach-gold, and flame

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Poetry Reading at Decatur Book Festival

Louise will be performing her poetry at the Decatur Book Festival on September 1, and will have a booth there both Saturday and Sunday with other poets.  Come and check out all the wonderful festival offerings, and do your holiday / birthday shopping early  -- The Passion of Older Women makes great gifts !

At the POETRY! Booth, 1-minute personal poetry readings will be offered, as well as the chance to write your own poem...  The booth will be open on Saturday, 9/1, from 10 to 6 and on Sunday, 9/2, from 12 to 6. 

Decatur Book Festival ~ Poetry Reading + Visit the POETRY! Booth
Saturday, September 1, 3 p.m.
Local Poets’ Stage
Java Monkey Coffee, 425 Church St.
Please visit Booth #504, opposite Parker’s on Ponce, 116 E. Ponce
~ You can purchase poetry books for the older women -- and others -- in your life !

You should be able to buy books by credit card as well as cash or check.  

If you cannot attend but would like to order a book, please scroll down for how to order.


BOOK CLUB OFFER!  Louise is offering Free Readings to Intown Book Clubs -- please email here at louiserunyon@aol.com if you're interested!  Scroll down to read a sample poem from the book. 



The Passion of Older Women is a manifesto on the wisdom, strength, needs and desires of older women – the rising demographic in our country.  It is also a testament to women of the previous generation, “who have brought us safe this far.”  The poems are inspired by working the earth in Decatur, Georgia; a love of the Southern Appalachians; the current political situation; the experience of writing in Italian; and the status of older women in relationship to men.  Included also are two short prose pieces – a life story in fable format and a summary of Runyon’s work as a dancer/choreographer.  The book affirms that older women will not go gently into this goodnight, the last phase of our lives.  Louise Morgan Runyon is a dancer/choreographer, political activist, urban farmer, student of Italian, and former steelworker as well as poet.  



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Backpack Bebop
I had a dream the other morning
that I carried a man in my backpack
the green backpack I always take hiking
and to New York and everywhere
the one with the little red cross
Swiss army knife logo on it
green grow the rushes oh
I carried the man in my backpack
down a gray concrete sidewalk
on Peachtree Street near Peachtree Center
into a building that had glass walls
and there I let him out
he was no one I knew, really
smallish, but still a grown man
my age, with silver hair
green grow the rushes oh
he might have been a former student of mine
laughing and with a silver beard
blue jeans and vest and gold-rimmed glasses
he folded nicely into my backpack
his arms around his knees
and wasn’t too heavy for me, at all
green grow the rushes
oh

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Poetry Reading August 5

Come hear Louise on Sunday night, August 5, for a poetry reading at Java Monkey Coffee in Decatur!  She will be the featured poet at the always lively, often irreverent, sometimes raucous Java Monkey Speaks, a popular long-standing open mic in Decatur.  Come at 8 p.m. to enjoy the open mic poets; Louise will read at 9 or 9:15.
Poetry Reading / Book Signing
THE PASSION OF OLDER WOMEN by Louise Runyon
Sunday, August 5 -- Louise will read at 9 or 9:15 p.m.
Open Mic 8 to 11 p.m. (sign up at 7:30)
Java Monkey Speaks, 425 Church St., Decatur 30030
~ Free parking on the street ~

You should be able to buy books by credit card as well as cash or check.  Great gifts for the older women -- and others -- in your life!  If you cannot attend but would like to order a book, please scroll down for how to order.
BOOK CLUB OFFER!  Louise is offering Free Readings to Intown Book Clubs -- please email her at louiserunyon@aol.com if you're interested. 
To order by credit card or PayPal / Great Gifts!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Poetry Reading June 25


Georgia Center for the Book & Poetry Atlanta present:
POETRY READING / BOOK SIGNING

THE PASSION OF OLDER WOMEN by LOUISE RUNYON
with poets Alex Johns & Laura Carter
Monday, June 25, 7:15 p.m.
Decatur Public Library Auditorium
215 Sycamore Street (downstairs)
Decatur 30030
~ Arrive early to find parking ~ not always available at library, but free street parking after 6 ~
If you cannot attend but would like to order a book, please scroll down for how to order.
This book is a manifesto on the wisdom, strength, needs and desires of older women – the rising demographic in our country.  It is also a testament to women of the previous generation, “who have brought us safe this far.” The poems are inspired by working the earth in Decatur, Georgia; a love of the Southern Appalachians; the current political situation; the experience of writing in Italian; and the status of older women in relationship to men.  Included also are two short prose pieces – a life story in fable format and a summary of Runyon’s work as a dancer/choreographer.  The book affirms that older women will not go gently into this goodnight, the last phase of our lives.  Louise Morgan Runyon is a dancer/choreographer, political activist, urban farmer, student of Italian, and former steelworker as well as poet.  ~~ You can also hear Louise read and be interviewed on WRFG 89.3 FM the following Monday, July 2, from 12 noon to 1 p.m.  Please note that Louise is offering Free Readings to Intown Book Clubs -- email her at louiserunyon@aol.com if you're interested.  Scroll down to read a NEW sample poem from the book ~~


To order by credit card or PayPal / Great Gifts!

 

~ or go to http://louiserunyonperformance.com/orderbooks.php ~
 
New Sample Poem
Backpack Bebop
I had a dream the other morning 
that I carried a man in my backpack
the green backpack I always take hiking
and to New York and everywhere
the one with the little red cross
Swiss army knife logo on it  
green grow the rushes oh

I carried the man in my backpack
down a gray concrete sidewalk
on Peachtree Street near Peachtree Center
into a building that had glass walls
and there I let him out
he was no one I knew, really
smallish, but still a grown man
my age, with silver hair
green grow the rushes oh

he might have been a former student of mine
laughing and with a silver beard
blue jeans and vest and gold-rimmed glasses
he folded nicely into my backpack
his arms around his knees
and wasn’t too heavy for me, at all
green grow the rushes
oh

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Book Launch May 12


POETRY READING / BOOK LAUNCH
THE PASSION OF OLDER WOMEN by LOUISE RUNYON
with cameo appearance by poet Rupert Fike!
Saturday, May 12, 4 p.m.
Atlanta Shambhala Center
1447 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30030

Supported in part by Poets & Writers
~ Reception to follow ~ 

Please note that Louise is offering Free Readings to Intown Book Clubs -- email her at louiserunyon@aol.com if you're interested! Please Like/Share on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/louise.runyon.7If you cannot attend but would like to order a book, please scroll down for how to order.

This book is a manifesto on the wisdom, strength, needs and desires of older women – the rising demographic in our country.  It is also a testament to women of the previous generation, “who have brought us safe this far.”  The poems are inspired by working the earth in Decatur, Georgia; a love of the Southern Appalachians; the current political situation; the experience of writing in Italian; and the status of older women in relationship to men.  Included also are two short prose pieces – a life story in fable format and a summary of Runyon’s work as a dancer/choreographer.  The book affirms that older women will not go gently into this goodnight, the last phase of our lives.  Louise Morgan Runyon is a dancer/choreographer, political activist, urban farmer, student of Italian, and former steelworker as well as poet.  Please go to "Poetry" page on this site for sample poems.


To order by credit card or PayPal:

 
Or see "Order Books" for other options.  Great Gifts!