Hi Poetry Lovers,
Taking the opportunity to let you know about the publication and public events in connection to the release of my new book, CAROUSEL.
Carousel is a collection of poetry and fiction, just published by Lummox Press, of Palo Alto, California. Lummox is an interesting publisher: their website is worth a look. lummoxpress.com
The title poem was recently published as a video by "Helen, A Literary Journal". see
I am including a schedule of readings/events, all coming soon.
I would love to meet you, readers! I would love to have any and all interested parties attend!
Spring 2017 Reading Schedule for CAROUSEL
April 6, Thursday, 7:00 PM: Book Launch Party
City of Asylum/Alphabet City
40 W. North Ave.
Pgh. PA 15212
alphabetcity.org -- please click on for free reservations
April 20, Thursday, 6:30 pm
Art & Inspiration Series
Shaler North Hills Library
1822 Mt. Royal Blvd.
Glenshaw, PA 15116
with Hiram Larew, visiting poet from Washington, DC.
April 21, Friday, 7:00 PM: With Hiram Larew and Lawrence Wray
The SouthSide Presbyterian Church Café
1926 Sarah St.
Pgh, PA 15203
with poets Lawrence Wray and Hiram Larew, see above
May 12, Friday, 6:00 PM
Zed’s Café Poetry Series
8225 Georgia Ave.
Silver Springs, MD 20910
June 3, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Spinning Plate Gallery
5821 Baum Blvd. 15206
in conjunction with Richard Caraval's art exhibit
This is the press release statement about the book:
ABOUT CAROUSEL by Judith R. Robinson
"For me, reading and writing are the two sides of world-exploration. Poems and stories, at their best, are at once both unique and all-embracing, and as necessary to a fully realized life as food and drink---and more, a human pleasure. My hope is that this book will bring a measure of satisfaction to readers. While "Carousel," contains new material, it is also the culmination of many years of work and publication. I am grateful to my publisher, Lummox Press, and its editor, RD Armstrong, for an opportunity to share this writing and, hopefully, to cross the bridge from the personal to the universal."
Finally, a sample poem:
I hope to kiss both my grandmothers,
who I have missed all my life,
to have them cradle & comfort me,
as curled in their arms
and no longer numb, I cry.
I cry as I am rocked back & forth
and passed between them;
my grandmothers’ hands stroke my skin
until the ravages of life
that have branded me,
are healed & I am pink & tender
& new as first wildflowers.
Then my grandmothers croon
the truth, a cadence sweet & simple,
and at once the onionskin layers
of mind-papering are peeled away
and the confusion that reigned
shoots high & away & scatters~~~
buck-shot confetti swirling in ice blue air.
At last, unscarred & clean, I understand.
I know why one soul was born---lean & blessed,
supple & strong: Joe DiMaggio!---
& sent to this earth on the exact same day
as Jimmy Jones, who I remember
at our door each June, blind and nodding
in unmatched plaids,
come to tune the old player piano.
Everything is explained: my grandmothers
tenderly place each note of precious truth
in a hollowed green melon, carved into a basket
I can carry, and we are blown home, completely;
and all is just as it should be
and never, until this moment, was.
--Judith R. Robinson
links for CAROUSEL
Join me at any of the above places for a glass of wine, some stimulating thought, and some fun!
Thanks for clicking in! xo Judy