John F. Dresen began writing poetry a few months after the death of his beloved wife Phyllis. At first, he tried to write of his loss, but soon found solace in writing to his bride as though he were speaking to her as they had done during their twenty-nine years of marriage. With his characteristic wry humor, John writes, “I can just see St. Peter saying, ‘Phyllis, you’ve got mail!’ “
The poems in Diane Averill’s new collection range over a wide and various territory — satirical and lyrical, sensuous and austere — and show the keen eye and precision of language that have always characterized her work. Clearly, this is the work of a poet at the top of her game.
When I arrived at the Siletz School for the after-school program to write poems, the first thing the kids said was, We don’t know how to write poems! But they know what their houses do while they are at school, and they know what their imaginations like to eat.
A seven-day workshop that met five hours a day for five days straight, followed by a half-day performance practice, and then a big night as the featured authors of the Nye Beach Writers’ Series. All students received a full scholarship and a free Café Mundo lunch each workshop day.