Saturday, May 8, 2010
THE MEMORY OF GILLS by Catherine Carter
Recently, I attended a poetry program at the local library. Two poets, James Cox, a local author and poet and Catherine Carter, an Assistant Professor of English at WCU, read from their works. Since I am hearing impaired, I missed a great deal, but I registered enough vivid imagery to make me want to read what I was hearing. Afterward, I inquired about their published collections. Cox does not have a collection yet, but Carter did, so I bought it the next day and spent two hours on my deck with lots of coffee and "The Memory of Gills." I am blown away by Catherine's collection and I may just have the gall to actually attempt to review it. Stay tuned.
Incidentally, the program was sponsored by the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the Western Region. Essentially, that means that a new poet is paired with a "mentor" or experienced poet. It reminded me of another program over a decade ago that paired poets and short story writers. In fact, it even allowed storytellers to appear with poets/short story writers. I had the opportunity to appear with Joseph Bathanti, the poet at Saint Andrews. The only problem was, Saint Andrews forgot we were coming, so Bathanti and I did a program for a small audience composed of dorm daddies and janitors. Afterwards, Joseph went on to become a noted authhor/poet. I went on to become relatively obscure.