As our country braces itself for Monday’s testimony before the Senate by one woman whose patriotism and bravery are inexorably linked with the status of women’s rights for generations to come, let us lift her up in unyielding solidarity.
One of the major themes in my novel, The Boulevard Trial, is solidarity with and among women. I am proud to see that readers have continued to enjoy what I set out to do, in particular as expressed in this new five-star review of The Boulevard Trial.
The reviewer states, “Excellent page turner. Read like a thriller. Loved the character development of the three main females as well as the mother daughter relationship story line.”
Solidarity is achievable if we practice it every day. Indeed, our rights and futures depend on it.
I stand with Christine Blasey Ford.
Peace and inspiration,
I hope you are experiencing inspiration and peace in your life and creativity.
I just wanted to spread the word about a couple of my upcoming literary events.
I’ll be featuring at the Dire Reader series in Boston on Saturday, July 7th at 3pm at the Middle East. I’ll be reading some of my newly published poetry, short fiction and perhaps an excerpt from my feminist legal thriller, The Boulevard Trial. I should also have copies of The Boulevard Trial for sale and would be psyched to sign yours after the reading. So if you’re in Boston on July 7th, show some love for the readers and come say hola, hallo, ciao, you get the idea, at the Dire series. I’d love to see you.
I hope you’ll join us on June 22nd to hear members of my SU-CASA 2018 Senior Poetry Workshop in Fort Greene, Brooklyn reading their original work. The senior poets have inspired me and working with them has been such a joy and privilege over the past six months. Special guest featured poet Jerry T. Johnson will return to read selections of his haiku and free verse poetry. Check out Jerry’s book of brilliant haiku and photos, Morning to Morning, now available in paperback in addition to the Kindle edition. Click here for the FB event page with full info for the June 22nd reading.
Below is a photo of poet Jerry T. Johnson and me from the April reading, which absolutely rocked!
Sending much peace and inspiration always,
L’Ephemere Review’s Dalliance issue has just been released this evening! Check out my poem about self love and discovery, “Cherimoya Heart“, in this tastefully sumptuous issue! Gratitude and congratulations to the editors and my fellow contributors!
It’s been a productive, inspirational March so far. I was thrilled to see two of my poems, “The Day of Dreams, January 15, 2018” and “Moon Tanka” published last week on A Gathering of the Tribes, the website of the incomparable and beloved poet and activist Steve Cannon. The first poem is an exploration of Dolores O’Riordan’s death on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and what these two historical individuals meant to our collective psyche and the current state of the world. The second poem is a reflection on workday recovery.
Congratulations again to Steve Cannon, who will be receiving the 2018 Writers for Writers award from Poets & Writers! Steve’s fellow award recipients include novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Richard Russo, and editor Rebecca Saletan. Check out this NY Times article about Steve and his friendship with artist David Hammons.
Stay tuned for my poem, “Cherimoya Heart”, which will be published in L’Éphémère Review‘s upcoming Dalliance issue! In the meantime, here’s a visual of the source of my inspiration for my sensual poem about self-discovery and love. May everything that ignites your senses out there inspire you to create something today and always!
Peace and inspiration,
The past couple of months have brought blessings into my life and helped me to cope with the turmoil present in our world on a daily basis.
I have found continued peace and inspiration through art, specifically through writing, as a SU-CASA 2018 artist-in-residence for my amazing Senior Poetry Workshop at the Grace Agard Senior Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, made possible by the Brooklyn Arts Council. So far, we have enjoyed reading poetic forms as haiku, renga, sonnets, as well as many free verse poems. The seniors have written truly inspired poems as a group, and individually, pursuant to various thematic writing prompts. I’ve also been thrilled to learn that the senior poets have been writing at home as well. Just yesterday in our workshop, I loved listening to the poem of one of our senior poets, who shared a rhyming love poem he had written for his wife for Valentine’s Day.
For Black History Month, we began with the Harlem Renaissance and read powerful poems by renowned poets such as Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Bennett, Claude McKay, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and others. We continued with poetry from the Civil Rights Era to the present, and enjoyed reading poems by Dr. Maya Angelou, Rita Dove, Lucille Clifton, Nikki Giovanni, Audre Lorde, Sonia Sanchez, and current U. S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith.
We are very excited as we prepare for our first public reading on Friday, April 20th to be held at the center from 1:30pm-2:30pm. Poet Jerry T. Johnson will join us as a special featured guest poet. We had the pleasure of reading some of Jerry’s haiku from his ebook, Morning to Morning (Amazon, 2017) during the haiku portion of the workshop. It will be an honor to have Jerry join us at the April 20th reading, during which the senior poets will read poems they’ve written in the workshop. It will be an exciting event!
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we have read poems by current Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Elizabeth Alexander, Sharon Olds, Brenda Cardenas, Ada Limon, and more timeless, empowering poetry by Dr. Maya Angelou. Some of the writing prompts so far have included, “music”, “mother/parent and child”, and “flowers”. It is a pleasure and a privilege to listen to the words of the senior members of the workshop as they put their voices on paper.
I would like to take a moment to wish The Boulevard Trial a Happy 3rd Book Birthday today! My feminist legal thriller has been praised for its, “Vivid Descriptions of Women’s Varied Experiences,” and for its, “strong female characters that are so real they practically jump off the pages.” The book has gone further than I ever could have imagined and I am grateful for readers’ support today and always.
I just want to say that I continue to be inspired by Emma Gonzalez and her fellow youth activists raising their voices to seek real change with respect to our country’s gun laws after the devastating school shooting in Florida. Power, peace and inspiration to you all, dear members of our future!
Onward in art, solidarity and strength,
Pain and Flowers
My Tribute to Dolores O’Riordan
Her name was full of pain,
until the end, like the union
of dolor and flores
pain and flowers in a single voice, hers
was the one that filled my ears
in the cold cobalt mornings waiting for the train
as the frost clouds whirled to totems
that watched over me in the still young dark
moments before I was carried
toward a shifting future of tunnels and buildings erected
into perpetuity while riding backwards along the tracks,
her voice the call of all
that infinite rush between my ears and my veins, attached mysteriously
as I was to her familiar cry from the core of the woman
I would be and was and would never reach soon enough
to thank her for being the sound
of my longing and being
pain and flowers, for being the breath
inside the breath forever
S. Laterza 1/15/18