Calliope: Poetry for Community
Calliope ("Beautiful Voice") -- Muse of Poetry and Eloquence
"I am your own way of looking at things," she said.
"When you allow me to live with you, every
glance at the world around you will be a sort of salvation."
-- William Stafford, When I Met My Muse
Available Now: Bourne Bridge
By Alice Kociemba
Heirloom dishes that travel oceans, a favorite flannel shirt with a torn elbow, a mackerel sky foretelling change...Through such simple but telling details, these poems celebrate the ordinary moments of life that hold so much meaning. With a mixture of humor, poignancy, and keen insight, this collection pays tribute to the power of family, the influence of place, and the importance of relationships that, like the bridge in the title poem, provide the connections that sustain us.
"'Late August light is chiffon and shimmer,' Alice Kociemba writes in this book's exhilarating final section. The first two sections offer, in lean,uncompromising vignettes, a portrait of a hardscrabble Catholic upbringing in battered Boston, and show us why the speaker here might struggle to find faith in others or in herself, or in the possibility of shelter. But home, of course, is something both found and made. This poet's honest joy in the present's fleeting brightness—how we come, if we're lucky, into our own 'late August light'—makes it possible to perceive, in her concise and elegant poems, something like the shape of home."—Mark Doty
"Alice Kociemba's Bourne Bridge reckons with evanescence. These poems never forget that everything we cherish is always already fleeting, that childhood and seasons do end, that love departs, that lives are lost in myriad ways. At the same time, and in their sculpted syntax, honed images, and lyric grace, these poems reveal an abiding buoyancy of spirit."—Fred Marchant
Paperback: 96 pages
Published by Turning Point (WordTech Communications)
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"Homes for Poems" -- Submitting Poems to Journals
This YouTube video is a recording of Alice Kociemba's presentation to the Cape Cod Branch of the American PEN Women at the Falmouth Art Center: "Homes for Poems" -- guidance an d ideas about sending poems to journals for publication.
The video, which originally aired on Falmouth Community TV and was produced by Marilyn Rowland.
Interview with Alice Kociemba
In August 2012, the Falmouth Art Center featured the exhibit "Artist's Choice, Poet's Choice." A blog post from Notes on the Arts contains an embedded video interview with Alice Kociemba and Suzy Bergman, Executive Director of the Falmouth Artists Guild. Click here to see the article.
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