May 8, 2012

Lois Harrod,May 12 @Panoply @ 6pm

Please join us at Panoply Books this Saturday for a poetry reading 
by beloved poet and teacher Lois Marie Harrod--

Panoply Books Reading Series: Lois Marie Harrod
Sat., May 12, 2012 at 6pm

Panoply Books
46 N. Union St.
Lambertville, NJ 08530
(609) 397-1145

Lois Marie Harrod won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Prize (Poems & Plays) with her manuscript The Only Is.  Her 11th book Brief Term, poems about teaching, was published by Black Buzzard Press (2011), and her chapbook Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook contest (Iowa State University). Her poems have been published online and in print journals including American Poetry Review, Blueline, The MacGuffin, Salt, The Literary Review, Verse Daily and Zone 3. A Geraldine R. Dodge poet and former high school teacher, she teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey.

From Lois Harrod's Brief Term:

Love, the English Teacher
        (after Lawrence Lieberman)

Love, the English teacher, grades the snow.
She checks the drifts. From her gray pencils

drop white sheets. They bury themselves like leaves.
Whatever rots, worms itself into another tract,

Prefixes become roots, suffixes mend
the broken reed. I write a story

That lacks a theme, the plot's a thistle.
Love hates incoherence, the comma sighs.

How can I end what he cannot continue?
Once he promised that he would write.

The oak trees are turning red, the dog
has swallowed my composition, but Love says,

that's no excuse. She scores the fleece, she scores
the stone: everything I write I write alone.

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