Tomorrow, Friday, April 19, at noon, Dana will share a reading with me, Marianne Murphy Zarzana, in the SMSU Whipple Gallery. I'll follow Dana at 12:30. The title of my reading is "When Writing and Art Converse," and I'll be reading collaborative poems I wrote in response to the fine work of artist Betty L. Beer. I'll also be reading a brand new poem I wrote in response to a KARE 11 TV spot featuring my SMSU colleague, friend and award-winning poet Susan McLean reciting some weather-related poetry:
April is certainly proving to be the cruelest month here in southwest Minnesota. But we've spotted purple and white crocuses pushing up in our garden under all that white. Although it feels like we're under the White Witch's spell in Narnia, as my husband Jim said last week, there will be thaw, there will be green. We're keeping hope alive in fly-over country.