Tuesday, September 10th, 2019, 6 p.m.
Join Gibson's Bookstore for an evening of verse as poets William O'Daly and Ben Moeller-Gaa share their newest collections.
YARROW AND SMOKE (2018) is the second title in Folded Word's Masters Series, a series reserved for those with decades of stellar work combined with years of training the next generation of poets. This poetry collection showcases William O’Daly’s ability to infuse human truth with the landscapes that shape it. It is a love song to gray valley and starless river, to the parched land where he has built his life among beached cans and bottles, waiting for rain. Come. Visit O’Daly’s magical valley. Hear 'the silence of a sunlit yard,' see 'the pure white of absence.' Sit at the edge of firelight. Taste the night wind steeped in yarrow and smoke.
"...O’Daly’s poems show us that the breath can come from outside the poet as well, as though the poem is the breath of the natural world..."
~Ed Jay, author of BE THE BIRD (Duck Lake Books)
WISHBONES (Folded Word, 2018) is a collection of haiku & senryu by Ben Moeller-Gaa, presented in the Carolingian hand of JS Graustein. Moeller-Gaa explores the unguarded space between a moment’s initiation and its resolution through evocative word choice, masterful turns, and a touch of humor. Whether his subjects are external or internal, wild or domestic, he shows us perspectives that never disappoint. Recently awarded the 2018 Touchstone Distinguished Book Award from the Haiku Foundation, a special edition of WISHBONES is now in production which will feature a foreword by Robin White, editor of AKITSU QUARTERLY and organizer of The Haiku Gathering in Deerfield, NH.
"This is an outstanding collection of haiku because the author engages in deep thinking, close wondering, and heartfelt caring. Like most of our best writers, Ben Moeller-Gaa takes the time to notice significance in life and captures that significance in the literary art of haiku."
~Judges' Comments, 2018 Touchstone Distinguished Book Award (TROUTSWIRL, Haiku Foundation, 2019)
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