One of our contributors, (and a Lesley posse mate) Bonita Lee Penn, has found homes for p2g in two new venues: Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley, PA, and City Books in Pittsburgh (Allegheny West/Northside.)
Since 1929, the Penguin Bookshop has been a fixture in the bucolic town of Sewickley, Pennsylvania. With 6 different owners and 3 different locations over the last 85-plus years, the Penguin has remained a vital community institution thanks to the continued loyalty of its customers and the passion of its booksellers. Located just 20 minutes outside of both Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh International Airport, it remains one of the local and regional community’s greatest treasures.
City Books carries new & used, collectible & rare, and English & foreign language books for diverse audiences. They are a small, friendly shop with an emphasis on both old-world charm and modern customer service.
For poetry month, p2g is featuring four stellar poets. We’ve published two poems from Marjorie Saiser who advises not try to solve everything in “Listen My Bearded One,” and in “Even the Alphabet,” she points out the power of silence through the silent letter k who, though it can speak,/ kneels before n and says nothing, nothing.
Boston’s poet laureate, Danielle Legros graces our project with her evocation of To free/ you would be to break you in her poem “Egg.” And Adrian Matejka writes his poem “So Far to Go” after Jean-Michel Basquiat’s drawing titled St. Joe Louis Surrounded By Snakes (1982). Boys will be boys, and talk will be talk but he knows every swing breaks something. Both Legros and Matejka have recently published books, The Dear Remoteness of You, and Map to the Stars, respectively.
Finally we have returning contributor, Simon Perchik, who knows how to move a poem, writing this hillside already has/your cheeks, is still expanding.
While April is National Poetry Month, at p2g, every month is poetry month. Contribute a poem, read a poem, share a poem.
The Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret, CT is a new host to p2g thanks to my dear friend Sharon, who says she loves being a poetry ambassador, that she feels “like Miss Rumphius,” the fictional story of a woman who sought a way to make the world more beautiful and found it in planting lupine in the wild. We do it by planting poems.
And the voice is certain in this month’s collection, featuring three gorgeously provocative poems by award-winning poet Elizabeth Metzger whose debut book The Spirit Papers was released at the beginning of the year.
You will feel the sparrow in the dark space of your throat, where your voice rises from, and you will see What light is to the eyeless.
Gather your thunders in my skirt, Metzger writes. I trust she will keep them safe.
Bonita Lee Penn shares her formidable voice as a black woman in “Rosary Prayers” showing us what ain’t pretty, what is in Black women’s hearts–
And I share my “Plea to an Oyster” believing it has all the answers my heart is wishing for.
Thank you for reading p2g. And look under the Where to Find p2g tab for your print copies.
Sarah and I wish for all your voices to be heard and overheard.
Robbie Gamble encourages us to “remain in the light, though it may waver.”
p2g remains dedicated to publishing new and already published quality poetry to uplift and empower. This month features Joan Houlihan’s ethereal “As Home Grips,” a poem that will be included in her fifth, and forthcoming book Shadow-feast from Four Way Books in 2018.
We also have Barbara Rockman, a Santa Fe poet, who writes of the exquisiteness of a wasp’s nest, of how I could take weightlessness/in my hands and understand a swarm…
And we include two poems by Amanda Butler, who remembers a homeschool-winter day in “Science Class,” and in “The Wing Tattoo,” a dream of flying away/but I’m an imitation/of the flock of gulls that opens my eyes.
Happy Heart Day!
The Wild Goose Meeting House Cafe in downtown Colorado Springs is a new host to p2g.
Thanks Thu and Jenny for kindly finding a home for us,
expanding our poeming ground.
A great big thank you to Rachel Beckwith, librarian at the Harold Johnson Library of Hampshire College, for hosting p2g. Beckwith discovered our poems at Haute Coffee in Concord, MA and liked the idea so much, she contacted us to ask how she could provide poems to Hampshire’s students. Now they can have a dose of poetry to uplift and empower them.
If you or anyone you know wants to become a poetry ambassador for p2g, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.