Me? I'm in Frankfort, Kentucky, getting ready for Children's Day at Kentucky Book Fair, but I wanted to share with you a super-cool poetic thing that happened a couple of weeks ago:
Librarian-extraordinaire Jennifer Butler Keeton of Florence-Lauderdale Public Library invited me to participate in a Poetry & Paint event.
Here's how it worked: attendees, for a fee, were provided with canvas and paints and some initial "inspiration" poems (penned by me!). Then, at the event, I read some poetry along with the talented Boxcar Voices -- while the attendees created their masterpieces!
Here's a picture of a painting the lovely and enthusiastic Angela did for my poem "At Age Ninety My Grandfather No Longer Gardens" :
Someone was feeling saucy! Love it!! She also painted two others, one of which I told her I HAD to own, it is so freakin' gorgeous and in keeping with my own ideas about the poem. Will share when I have it in hand.
And then there was this one, which surprised me in the best way possible:
What surprised me was that THIS was a poem of mine that would inspire art. But it did! For Stephanie, it did. And isn't that what it's all about?
Here's the poem:
Einstein's Daughter Questions Her Father's Theory
It's all about timing, he says,
She watches the circling second-hand
as it marks all the moments he's missed,
says, space-time is a lump of clay
whose geometry can be changed
by the gravity of stars and planets.
And I am neither clay nor star nor planet.
It was best for you, he says.
Her jaw tightens, fists clench.
I am not a spinning orb, she says.
Must you strap the fabric
of the universe to my back,
demand that I drag it behind me?
It must be proven, he says.
She shakes her head. It's as real
as a wobbling spiral of gas
that disappears into a black hole.
It changes nothing, he says. And she
climbs back inside her super-
luminal tunnel, leaves him to his work.
- Irene Latham
For those of you who don't know, in addition to his two sons, Einstein had a daughter. Trouble was, she was born to he and Mileva before they got married. Oh, the scandal! So, the couple opted to give this daughter away. (This was not discovered until after Einstein's death, and there is still some mystery as to what exactly happened to her.) I wrote the poem in an effort to give this abandoned daughter a voice. It appears in my book THE COLOR OF LOST ROOMS.
Thanks so much for reading!