We are excited to launch Brilliant Light Publishing/Media, L3C as a celebration of excellent writing and poetry in New England. We are honored to have Jean Connor as our first featured poet. Her poetry emphasizes a frank beauty that handsomely articulates details, as well as the grand picture.
It is instructive to learn about poets’ ideation process. Ruth Stone said that poems floated toward her from the universe. Her job was to grab them and write them down. If she didn’t snag them soon enough, they would float by and disappear forever! Being quick is part of success.
Chard DeNiord in his poem, "The Gift" memorializes Ruth Stone's process.
In memory of Ruth Stone (June 8th, 1915—November 19th, 2011)
“All I did was write them down
wherever I was at the time,
hanging laundry, baking bread, driving to Illinois.”
Mary Oliver wrote a two line poem, “Humility.”
Poems arrive ready to begin.
Poets are only the transportation.
Begin is the operative word. The arrival is an exhilarating moment. But after the poem arrives, there is still much to do. Revision ideas arrive as improvements, and they are an equally creative and important part of the process.
We appreciate these extraordinary poets’ results, as well as how they arrived:
Poet Showcase edited by Alice B. Fogel and Sidney Hall, Jr. and published by Hobblebush Books is an anthology of New Hampshire poets. The editors ask the question, “Why do we have so many poets in New Hampshire?” The poems themselves offer a wide range of answers.
Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry, edited by Sydney Lea and Chard DeNiord, and published by Green Writers Press states, “With its mystical landscape and fiercely self-reliant citizenry, Vermont has inspired poets from its earliest days.” This certainly resonates. Vermont is an inspiring state to live in and to write in.