The Newport Public Library is hosting a poetry reading on Sunday, January 6, at 1:00 p.m. Poets Sandra Ellston, Ruth F. Harrison, and Dorothy Blackcrow Mack will give readings from their latest works, debut volumes from Turnstone Books of Oregon. The three authors, who are all retired English professors and award-winning poets, are members of the Tuesday Writers.
Ruth F. Harrison is author of several volumes of poems. Her new work, “How Singular and Fine,” is a substantial volume with poems in several established forms: the sonnet, villanelle, epic, ode, terza rima, and other lyric structures. Of these poems, Marjorie Power says they “show us a world both fresh and mysterious, like newly fallen snow when the sun breaks through.”
Sandra Ellston is President of Writers on the Edge and a practitioner of t’ai chi. Her volume, “Poems Along the Way,” consists of modern reworkings of ancient Chinese texts from the T’ang dynasty. These poems describe the joys and heartbreaks of life’s journey and have been called calming and serene. Poet Matt Schumacher says that her book is a “Taoist treasure chest that frees fleeting flute notes and turtledoves thousands of years old, gives us pause under the ‘study huts’ of our ancestors, and braves the same mountain summits as the T’ang Dynasty’s finest poets. A very old muse runs through these poems.”
Dorothy Black Crow Mack is President of the Coast Branch of Willamette Writers and is active in writing endeavors throughout Lincoln County. Her book, “Anuk-Ite’: Double-Face Woman,” honors “the elders who blessed her life on Pine Ridge Reservation. She writes for the 7th generation, the young ones coming, to share the stories.” Her book is illustrated with personal portraits and images of life on the South Dakota reservation. Of Black Crow’s poems, Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen says, “Black Crow has the wisdom and heart to do an ancient, ageless work: delving ‘. . . deep / to pull out all those designs / pricked in the night sky. . . .”
Each poet will read samples from her book and copies will be available for purchase at the event. This program is sponsored by Turnstone Books and the Newport Public Library. Admission is free and open to the public.