Featured Book & CD: TOWARD the CLEARING by Jean Cassidy
Jean describes her poetry as “a choreography of words” as she joins her poetry with musical accompaniment. Her poetry book includes a CD of the poems accompanied by oboe, english horn, flute, piano, fretless banjo, violin, and balafon in the final product that is a beautiful collaboration with regional musicians and readers. Jean’s work has previously been published in the Great Smokies Review, the Online Publication of the Great Smokies Writing Program in Asheville, North Carolina.
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost
Year after year we await forsythia,
to see brilliant yellow
florets like tiny fireworks. I spy
peony’s purple velvet
fronds in quiet explosion.
But since I’ve been alive
there’s been a back story that competes
with each emergent spring.
A black story that drains color from the sky.
(Do you know the story
about the accidents, the nuclear accidents?)
Soon I expect to see daylily, lilac,
viburnum’s miniature burgeoning bouquets
The story also begins
in New Mexico, nineteen forty-five
the Soviet Union and Japan,
then Baneberry at Yucca Flat
nd Three Mile Island
and Zaragoza Spain,
and Tokaimura Japan
Ordinarily it’s true, crocus, jonquil and quince quietly
arrive live flourish
no accident life
ordinarily that’s true