Can You Stay Focused?

I doubt it. I left my comfort zone a long time ago. But I’m grateful that my book Rocking Like It’s All Intermezzo: 21st Century Psalm Responsorials will soon be available from your favorite sources, including Wipf and Stock and, of course, Amazon. More details later, when I have them.

I am thrilled with the beautiful Foreword by Sofia M. Starnes, and so grateful for the wonderful endorsements from Mary Ann Miller, Nathaniel Hansen, and Angela Alaimo O’Donnell. I have felt the support of these generous, accomplished (and busy) poet-editor-scholars throughout the entire process.

Equally exciting has been taping the audiobook version of the book at Overit Studios in Albany, New York. I decided it was important to read the first and the last poems in my own voice, however quavery it sounds. Deborah Thorne Mazzone read Sofia Starnes’ wonderful Foreword and most of the poems. She was joined for four key God poems by Charles “Chip” Bradley. To be clear, the poems in God’s voice in the book version are italicized, but we needed a sonorous voice to differentiate the oracular voice in the audio version. I know; I’ve already been asked, “Does it have to be a male voice?” No, of course, it doesn't. Nevertheless, let’s say hello to the newest God in town, and he does happen to be a man.

There is much work for an author to do to promote her book, and I will be doing my best. But satisfaction comes more from writing than from book promotion. Sorry, Rocking! Fortunately, I am working on an exciting project (that will probably take me another ten years, says my inner critic). A series of acrostics based on the names of 20th Century religious figures or philosophers. Very work intensive, and probably not accessible or interesting to audiences who don’t already know these figures. (You can guess what part of me made that prediction.) I am researching figures in whom I’m interested, their work and their biographies, and daring to project the Eureka moment of their passing. Persona Death Poems, shall we say?

My thanks to Sarah Law, the editor of Amethyst Review, a journal of new writing engaging with the sacred, based in the UK, for publishing one of this series, Simone Weil.