The Guilford Poets Guild will start out their fall series with a reading by poet Anne Harding Woodworth on Thursday, September 10, at 7:00 p.m in The Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield Street (behind Whitfield’s on Guilford Green). Woodworth’s most recent book is Spare Parts: A Novella in Verse (Turning Point, 2008). Woodworth lived in Athens for four years, and she and her husband have travelled extensively in search of ancient sites. She is the author of two other books of poetry and two chapbooks, and is a member of the Poetry Board at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Refreshments will be served, and there will be an open mic beginning at 7:00 for the first 5 who sign up.
I feel tired and sit down next to the cellar wall,
and I refrigerate myself there,
put the breaking-down
of my own cells in abeyance
and try to figure out in the dark of winter
just what it is I do
on the other side of the slanted doors.
When spring comes and no mouse
has nibbled at my knuckles,
I emerge, still young, still plump and tasty,
feeling slightly saintly,
but squinting in what has once been familiar sunlight.
From Up From the Root Cellar