Next Years Words - March 2017

Lucia Cherciu, Mary O’Melveny, and Joann K. Deiucibus, to read at Next Year’s Words

Next Years Words - March 2017

Lucia Cherciu, Mary O’Melveny, and Joann K. Deiucibus, to read at Next Year’s Words, the readers’ series for writers of poetry, memoir and fiction, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Lucia Cherciu speaks from a woman’s world poems that resonate for women and for men–­–for humans who feel oppressed by the world’s intransigence, where Fitting rooms smell rancid like obsession,. In the poem REVISION she wants to, clean till my fingers bleed, cuticles/shredded, . . .and she speaks in HOW DID WE LET IT GET SO FAR? as one who’s experienced our present fears: Those of us who lived under dictators . . . watch in disbelief and want to crawl/and set up stages and struggle to tell all, . . .


Mary O’Melveny, with deep thought and compassion for her world, questions and examines, often from different locations, different perceptive views.


Each orange rose copper Mesa/surprises, as if that raw radiance/had been whispered in some secret code

In THINGS BLOW APART she laments lost innocence as contemporary anxieties,

. . . tease us/like little wispy song fragments/on a softer night/before chaos became our muse.


In her poems, Joann K. Deiudicibus brings the body that withstands the world’s abrasions  and gravity’s constant resistance to find vitality in language.


Prepare yourself./ Prepare your shoeless feet for/paths scattered with stone, shells, bone-shatter, casings.

And later: or thrown atop pyres,/stalks askew, barbed leaves lifting/like ash-flecked palms in prayer.

From the poem FIRST SNOW:

The glint of everything unsaid/ stirs in the slippery dark.


Following presentations from the two readers, an extended open mic invites the literary community to respond creatively to current events. Refreshments will be served. Suggested contribution: $2

This event will be held at the Jewish Congregation of New Paltz Community Center, 30 North Chestnut St., Rt. 32, New Paltz on March 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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Next Year’s Words is presented by Wallkill Valley Writers and supported by the SUNY New Paltz Department of English, this program features two or three local voices and provides an open mic.