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Two noted Maryland authors collaborate to produce Navigational Hazards, an intense collection of photography and poetry. Elisavietta Ritchie and Donald Grady Shomette transport us to the tidewater peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River. Image after image, word after word, flow from the pages: duck blinds, cemeteries, sandpipers, tides, turtles, shipwrecks, sirens. Ritchie and Shomette know the lower western shore of Maryland. They view their subject through a single lens.
Issues of Immortality
New Bay Books LLC
Issues of Immortality
In Issues of Immortality, poems from the year of Covid-19, you feel the delicious urgency of life - in the rush of memories of what could have been when we were young ... and in the poet's ageless, and unquenchable, desire to live in her words.- Sandra Olivetti Martin, New Bay Books publisher.
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I am showcasing some selections of my translations online.
This one, THE TWELVE, by Alexander Blok,
has now been revitalized and is presented here as an online book, very closely rendered to it's original formatting.
The graphic above will lead you to my translations page, where THE TWELVE can be found.
We Wake Beside an Invisible River
Fog swishes through pines,
screens our world inside a Japanese dawn.
Fawns file through flowering quince.
Through the scrim of mists
we see the Buddha at Kamakura,
Sika deer we fed at Nara,
and cormorants with rings
'round their throats bringing fish
to skiffs in the Inland Sea.
When mists melt, we will see Fujiyama
surrounded by sapphire waves
and crowned with perpetual snows—
The tardy sun burns this day clear
over our own gray-green cove,
tide covering marshes and sand.
The great blue heron proclaims longevity
as he overflies cattails and huge pink
marshmallow flowers edging our shore.
The cormorant passing through dives for minnows,
swallows them down his long neck, then
perched on a piling, airs long narrow wings.
Far river banks are fringed with bent oaks
between pastures and fields of soybeans,
ebony steers graze beside our briny Patuxent…
One crane soars against a misty red sun
over rice paddies, pink petals, reeds,
on an antique scroll on our Maryland wall.
Elisavietta Ritchie Broadkill Review, 2017; Prosopisia, 2017; Harbingers 2017; PAX: An Anthology of Southern Maryland Poetry 2019.
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