Chatham Community Library To Host "Poetic Voices of North Carolina" Program April 23
In celebration of National Poetry Month the Chatham Community Library will host "Poetic Voices of North Carolina" on Monday, April 23, at 6:00 pm in the Holmes Meeting Room. A program of the North Carolina Humanities Council, "Poetic Voices of North Carolina" explores the verse of 20th century North Carolina poets; their perceptions, dreams, experiences, and concerns.
Actress, playwright, and teacher, Connie Clark will perform the readings. From profound social issues to the quietest personal moments, from laughter to heartbreak, Clark shares a century of North Carolina thoughts and feelings as she performs many poems with the rich emotions expressed by these gifted poets. Clark’s performing lecture is based on the late Sally Buckner anthology Word and Witness:100 Years of North Carolina Poetry.
Poems featured in this program include:
Home and Family:
Sally Buckner’s “Embroidery”; Al Maginnes’ “Father-Son Basketball”; Lenard
Duane Moore’s “Pathway: From Son to Father”; Isabel Zuber’s “For Her”; Diana
Pinckney’s “Lot’s Wife Looks Back”; Fred Chappell’s “Fast Ball”; Anthony
Abbott’s “Evening Light”; Carl Sandburg’s “Personalia”; Gerald Barrux’s
“Strangers Like Us: Pittsburgh, Raleigh, 1945-1985”; Thad Stem Jr.’s “Boy on the
Back of a Wagon”; Olive Tilford Dargan’s “The Cycle’s Rim: XXXVI”; Jim Wayne
Miller’s “Brier Losing Touch with His Traditions”; Grace Gibson’s “Myth: To the
Fourth Generation”; Mary Kratt’s “Of Mother and Father”; Sam Ragan’s “That
America at War:
Paul Green’s “Men of America” and “Stopping in Albert Behind the Germans”;
James Boyd’s “Long Distance, 1944” and “Song for the Silent”; Guy Owen’s
“When We Dropped the Bomb”; Robert Morgan’s “Vietnam War Memorial.”
Periods and Peoples:
Gerald Barrax’s “Whose Children Are These?”; Gladys Owings Hughes’
“Survival”; Stephen Smith’s “Whatever There Was to Say”; Pauli Murray’s “from
Dark Testament”; Linda Beatrice Brown’s “I Want to Make the Drums Talk
Again”; James Applewhite’s “A Leaf of Tobacco”; Lance Jeffers’ “When I Know the
Power of My Black Hand” and “On Listening to the Spirituals.”
National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. It has since has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in American culture.
This event is free and open to the public. Funding for this program is made available by the generous support of the Friends of the Chatham Community Library.