This Pagan Heaven: Updates and Remembrance on K+4

Atlanta InTown calls This Pagan Heaven a “debut book not to miss”:

This Pagan Heaven: Poems by Robin Kemp ($8, Pecan Grove Press) New Orleans native and Georgia State professor Robin Kemp’s debut collection of poetry features haunting and lyrical work about her hometown pre- and post-Katrina. DBF Appearance: Saturday, 11:15 a.m. at Java Monkey Coffee House.

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Check for the latest scheduled readings/events! I’ll be hitting the universities this spring…several invitations accepted, but dates are still mushy pending everyone’s spring skeds.

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I’ll be recording an interview and reading from the book for WRAS’ “Melodically Challenged,” a poetry show ably run by poet K.B. Kincer. WRAS 88.5 is the voice of Georgia State. I’ll pass along the air date soon.

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Also, if you’ve ordered This Pagan Heaven via PayPal and not received it, please let me know and let Louie at Pecan Grove Press know. The problem is PayPal’s and we will make it right.

Thanks for your kind messages, snail-mails, and Facebook posts! Spread the word about This Pagan Heaven!

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joanofarc-neworleansAbove all, remember the people we lost four years ago today. I leave you with these lines from “Stepping Out of the Car, After Not Recognizing an Old Friend’s House”:

. . . where, once, the sidewalks buzzed with working folks,
kids looping on their bikes beneath the sun
in unforgiving heat that swells the brain

and funks the underarms as sweat cascades
from bus-stop waiters on Elysian Fields,
this pagan heaven where we used to dance. . . ”

My city is healing. But it is still in chronic pain.


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