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Friday, August 20, 2010

ECHOES ACROSS THE BLUE RIDGE: MARY MIKE KELLER


When Mary Mike Keller read her poem "As the Deer" at our Gala Publication party for Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, hosted by City Lights Bookstore two weeks ago, I was swept away. It's a beautiful poem, and she read it beautifully. This poem is yet another reason to own a copy of Echoes. Go to the Echoes page on Facebook and take a look. Or the Netwest blog. You will find information on how to purchase the book.



As The Deer



The dulcimer drones tranquil

as the pick grazes across strings

as the deer across the glade


My thumb under f sharp mimics

her tongue curled to pluck

a blade intoned on b


Quietness slides along her body

my finger descending the string

in a smooth slur of music


The sweetness of the melody

new as young grass lingers

in the lea of my instrument


A barre chord trembles

I wait

for that last unfettered fret


----Mary Michelle Brodine Keller



Mary Mike reads her poem at the Gala event.





3 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

Lovely poem and beautiful wordplay!

(I'm waiting to pick up my copy of ECHOES when I'm at City Lights in early October, Kay.)

Lyn said...

What joy..poetry from a poets soul!!

willow said...

This photo of Keller says a thousand words. Beautiful piece.