A daily meditation feed brought a lovely thought from Claire Bateman. Imagine our delight when she turned out to be not just a poet, but a clear and clarion voice and a courageous woman on the page. She graciously has given us permission to bring two extraordinary poems to you.
After the events of 9/11 our nation experienced a rebirth of patriotism and a new embrace of the symbols of democracy. One such symbol, the Statue of Liberty, gave us deep comfort as she stood stolid and strong at the entrance to the harbor of a majestic, wounded and grieving city.
We feel privileged to open WVFC’s discussion of the legacy of Sept. 11 with this contribution from Karol Nielsen, who has graced our Poetry Friday before and whose new book, "Black Elephants" (Bison Books), is a memoir of love and war.
Best known for her novels "Agnes Grey" (1847) and "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), the sister of Charlotte and Emily Bronte also wrote and published hundreds of poems — many of which celebrate the seasons, like this meditation on English summer.
Though completely deaf, Elena Kras speaks and “hears” without sign language. A recognized poet, author and journalist in Russian and Ukrainian, she courageously sought us out as a vehicle for bringing her to a wider audience. The pleasure is all ours.
If you had been in Manhattan last night, you could have time traveled to one of New York City’s most elegant and most constraining eras in the company of one of this city’s greatest minds—that of Edith Wharton.