Savoy Bookshop & Café presents a poetry reading featuring two local poets: Barbara Hill, the author of A Few Sharp and Glamorous Words, and Lisa Starr, the Rhode Island Poet Laureate Emeritus and author of Mad With Yellow. This event is free and open to the public.
About the Collections
A Few Sharp and Glamorous Words - "Though literary culture often celebrates the up-and-coming voices of the young, here we have Barbara Hill’s debut, a collection reflecting nearly seven decades of careful observation, deep experience, and, ultimately, wisdom. In these poems, she calls to relations long gone as well as the 'daughter who questions / everything I say.' A calico in winter becomes 'a cat / inside a dress of ice,' while among the squash blossoms in a kinder season 'the honeybees, sleek and quick / are architects.' She writes, 'You are your own watchful neighbor, / living always beside yourself' and that she is: a person present to the daily world, a poet able to render what she sees down to the most evocative details. Barbara Hill’s A Few Sharp and Glamorous Words shows the power and beauty that can come from taking your time." Jessica Jacobs, author of Take Me With You, Wherever You're Going
Mad With Yellow - Lisa Starr's third full-length collection of poetry, celebrates and explores the beauty, grief, love and loss implicit in this being human. World renowned Rumi translator and poet Coleman Barks escribes Starr as "a force of nature" and her poems as "utterly necessary." Her poems capture her love for the natural world, the island community where she lives, and the people (and animals) she chances to meet. Mad With Yellow paints a picture of Starr's mad dance through life-- her love for her children, her relationship with the natural world, and her determination to look disease (mental and physical) square in the eye, and transform it into something beautiful.