Georgia Center for the Book Presents
Louise Runyon, Robert Brown & Thrower Starr
Tuesday, October 16, 7:15 p.m.
Decatur Library Auditorium
215 Sycamore Street, Decatur 30030
Free! Poetry books will be available for purchase
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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):
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
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
and now, the evening sky above these blue globes
peach-gold, and flame