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 http://robinkemp.net 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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. . . 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.