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Clarity – My “One Word” for 2021
January 31 – February 6, 2021
The Week in Photos – River Road Studio #4
This week we look at a few poetry books on my shelves in the studio.
I am sharing a few of my favorites .
It is a good feeling to be surrounded by beautiful WORDS .
Poetry from a variety of time periods.
My LOVE of POETRY developed during my undergraduate studies at
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (1985 – 1989) About SRU – Click here.
While working on the BFA degree in painting,
I was also taking courses in English and other disciplines
designated as “Intensive Writing” courses.
I was dedicated to working across disciplines
in Fine Art and English Literature.
~ Lynda McKinney Lambert – BFA, 1989; MFA, 1991; MA in English, 2004.
Ten Favorite Poets on my Shelves
#1 Ranier Maria Rilke Widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets, Rainer Maria Rilke was unique in his efforts to expand the realm of poetry through new uses of language. My work has been compared to Rilke on many occasions.
#2 – Robert Bly Born in 1926. American writer Robert Bly is regarded as “one of the legends of contemporary poetry,” according to David Biespel, “the prototypical non-modernist the one who set in motion a poetics of intensity for generations to come.” I discovered Robert Bly around 1985, as a BFA major at Slippery Rock University of PA. I continued to do research and writing on his work for many years.
#3 – William Carlos Williams was born the first of two sons of an English father and a Puerto Rican mother of French, Dutch, Spanish, and Jewish ancestry, and he grew up in Rutherford, New Jersey. He was a medical doctor, poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright. I focused on his poetry as I worked on my MA in English and my MFA in Painting. I researched and wrote about his work in my thesis projects for both degrees.
#4 – Louise Gluck was born in New York City in 1943 and grew up on Long Island. In 2020 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.” Her poetry books are favorites of mine. We were both born in 1943 – a good year to be born.
#5 – Elizabeth Bishop (1911 – 1975) She was born in 1911 in Worcester, Massachusetts and grew up there and in Nova Scotia. Her father died before she was a year old and her mother suffered seriously from mental illness; she was committed to an institution when Bishop was five. She has been a favorite of mine for many years. Her poems are memorable.
#6 – Robinson Jeffers – Love Letters
John Robinson Jeffers (January 10, 1887 – January 20, 1962) was an American poet, known for his work about the central California coast. Much of Jeffers’s poetry was written in narrative and epic form. However, he is also known for his shorter verse and is considered an icon of the environmental movement.
#7 – Yusef Komunyakaa
Read his poem, : Facing it He is a favorite poet that I taught in my African-American Poetry Course at Geneva College.
#8 – Charles Wright , (born August 25, 1935, Pickwick Dam, Tennessee, U.S.), American poet known for his lyricism and use of lush imagery in his poems about nature, life and death, and God. Wright attended Davidson College (B.A., 1957) in North Carolina, where he studied history.
#9 – Louise Erdrich was born in Little Falls, Minnesota in 1954. As the daughter of a Chippewa Indian mother and a German-American father, Erdrich explores Native-American themes in her works, with major characters representing both sides of her heritage. In an award-winning series of related novels and short stories, I think she is the best American writer living today. She weaves stories in the most unique way so that they are living and breathing with life that is dynamic and unexpected.
She was born in Cold Spring, New York, in 1945, and currently resides in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania. She began writing poetry in the late 1970s. Her poetry, for which she has won many awards, incorporates themes of nature, home, family, love, loss, and disability.
And, how could I forget Walt Whitman?
Proverse (Hone Kong) Mingled Voices2 Chinese University, Hong Kong.
Lynda received a “Special Mention for a Body of Work, for six of her poems that will be featured as a group in the new 2020 anthology that comes out in April 2021.
See 2019 issue Here This volume features 3 of her poems.
Miss Opal likes to take her afternoon naps on the back of the futon in River Road Studio.
She is always happy to be napping in the room full of books, art works, and current projects.
Lynda’s lyrical, spare poetry and thoughtful personal essays appear regularly in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies.
What I am reading right now:
“The Tin Drum by
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The Week in Photos is courtesy of Lynda McKinney Lambert.
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Week 1 – January 10 – 16 – Take a WALKING TOUR of my PRIVATE FIBER STUDIO – Here
Week 2 – January 17 – 23 – I shared a few photos of the paintings that are on the walls of my Fiber Studio. Here!
Week 3 – January 24 – 30 – Lynda takes visitors on a little tour of some of the 3-D Objects that are in her studio. Here.
Week 4 – January 31 – February 6…My favorite POETRY BOOKS – Here
Week 4 – BONUS – February 7 – An Interview with Lynda – by American Printing House for the Blind. Here