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Faith Paulsen’s third chapbook touches on several topics, but the one that speaks to me most is family. The poet does not emphasize family; there are other themes. For whatever reason, that is what resonsates the most with me at this time.
The title comes from an 18th Century scientific device for measuring the blueness of the sky. Regardless of the actual shade of blue, it is still the sky. Paulsen looks at the nuances with repect to people, places, and objects.
A good example is found in “Mother in Law”. She wanted to be known to the poet as “Mom”, but a variety of other names appears by which the older woman was known
The poem describing the cyanometer, while not exactly a title poem , nevertheless establishes the framework for Paulsen. After naming different shades of blues, mentioning a disparate group of people, she states her desire to “make my body an instrument to measure the blues”. (The poem is entitled “In 1789, a scientist invented.”.
“My Brother and I Shared a Bathroom” has a tone that is gentle and reflective as years of memories are compressed into 31 lines, as the siblings “,,,rattled like commuter trains/ from dollhouses to Legos and bac.”
Other poems deal with a father’s piano, a son teaching overseas, and a mother continuing the theme of family. Never maudlin, the poet looks at the nuances in her perceptions of long ago and the present,
The remaining poems provide opportunities for nuances. Senior citizens discuss a John Ashberry poem, the Marianas Trench receives a letter, and other people are mentioned. “Cyanometer” is a book of poems that will delight readers as they read and reread the variety of poems found in it.
Arthur Turfa, “Saluda Reflections,” Finishing Line Press 2017. “The Botleys of Beaumount County”, Blurb,
Crowds of people trying to find the "perfect gift" and being frustrated by delays, empty shelves, and some buying into the conspiracy theory du jour!
When we lived in Northeastern PA, my family would see a show on Broadway, go to Ellis Island, or visit Philly and avoid hordes of shoppers.
Here are some links to my poetry books and my literary fiction novel! Thanks!
And have fun avoiding the crowds!
It is on Blurb, which sadly does not have space for readers' comments. But feel free to comment wherever you are on social media! Literary fiction novel!
Authors raise money for literacy tutoring
I will be with a group of local poets/writers on Saturday, December 11, from 1-3 p.m. at the Lexington Public Library Main Branch, 5440 Augusta Rd (US 1),)
All books are either $10 or $20, with some profits going to charity.
Super excited about this! I have my remarks ready for the 12:15 p.m. panel. All poetry books will be available and...the public debut of The Botlets of Beaumont County!
A day late but we were busy. A visit to some county offices for tax rates on our new house, and then one last visit to the old house before we close on selling it next week.
Literary fiction- my first novel!
All in the Family, my second book with the amazing artist Carol Worthington-Levy is also on Blurb.
The rest of my poetyr books....
When my first poetry book was published seven years ago, I dutifully asked readers/friends to review it. That book, Places and Times, ...