MONDAY, OCTOBER 16th | 6:30-7:30 PM
MILL VALLEY LIBRARY (CONFERENCE ROOM)
Building Bridges Book Club is an opportunity to read and discuss a book of poems with others who appreciate poetry and would like to take a closer look at form, structure, and craft. Discussions will be lively and interactive, and participants will have a chance to share thoughts and ask questions. Come prepared to read your favorite poems, lines, and passages aloud.
October’s selection: FOREST PRIMEVAL BY VIEVEE FRANCIS Discussion led by Sandra Cross
“Another Anti-Pastoral,” the opening poem of Forest Primeval, confesses that sometimes “words fail.” With a “bleat in [her] throat,” the poet identifies with the voiceless and wild things in the composed, imposed peace of the Romantic poets with whom she is in dialogue. Vievee Francis’s poems engage many of the same concerns as her poetic predecessors—faith in a secular age, the city and nature, aging, and beauty. Words certainly do not fail as Francis sets off into the wild world the title promises. The wild here is not chaotic but rather free and finely attuned to its surroundings. The reader who joins her will emerge sensitized and changed by the enduring power of her work.
Sandra Cross lives between the Pacific Ocean and a redwood forested mountain in Stinson Beach. After retiring from her legal career she returned to her love of reading and writing poetry and kept busy keeping deer, foxes, and skunks out of her garden. She holds an MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California and serves as Chair and Membership Secretary of the Marin Poetry Center.