Aug 02, 2014
I’m pleased to have four of my pieces included in Splitting the Genre: An Intersection of Poetry and Visual Art, a beautiful little book by Six Arrow Press. My MFA is in Painting, rather than Creative Writing, so it came naturally to me to want to combine words and art. The idea is built on the poetry of erasure, eliminating words from a piece of prose to expose the poem within. There’s also a nice interview included.
You can see the entire book online here: http://www.blurb.com/books/5377678-splitting-the-genre-an-intersection-of-poetry-visu My stuff is on pages 13-21.
May 30, 2014
My May 18th reading at Gatsby books went well. It was a small audience, but several of them were students and we had a nice exchange of ideas and plenty of questions. Sometimes getting questions out of an audience is like pulling bermuda grass, but this group could hardly wait to jump in.
Thanks to Sean, for setting it up and for being a gracious host. Gatsby books is great. Take a look next time you’re near Long Beach. 5535 E Spring Street Long Beach, CA 90808 562.208.5862
May 12, 2014
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of reading a few poems at Gatsby Books—sort of a teaser for my full-fledged reading coming up on May 18, 3 pm. What a cool little bookstore is Gatsby. If I lived closer I’d visit a lot. Thanks, Sean, for inviting me.
May 06, 2014
Last Sunday’s reading at Laguna Beach Books went swimmingly. I shared the stage with Michael Miller, John Gardiner, Jodie Hollander and Janet Mackaig. At first, I was dubious about a reading with so many featured poets, but it worked out beautifully. The pacing was good, and variety kept the hour lively. After reading, there was a question and answer period that was fun and informal.
Laguna Beach Books is a lively little bookstore in a complex of small stores. The whole shebang is in the location of the former Pottery Shack, where you could buy from an amazing selection of pottery sprawled through numerous patios and connected rooms. It was a famous local institution from 1936-2004.
Apr 21, 2014
Getting out the word about my new book, Embers on the Stairs. I have three readings coming up. Here are the dates. I’ll post reminders and particulars closer to the time.
May 4, Laguna Beach Books Poetry Night– Laguna Beach, 4:00 pm John Gardiner,
Michael Miller, Ruth Bavetta, Jodie Hollander, and Janet Mackaig
May 14 - The Ugly Mug, Orange, 8:00 pm, solo
May 18th - Gatsby Books —Long Beach, 3;00pm, solo
June 28 -Saturday Afternoon Poetry – Pasadena, 3:00, Ruth Bavetta,
Robert Morgan Fisher & Karineh Mahdessian
Kentucky Review has three of my poems, Elegy for my Mother, The Joy of Cooking, A Song on the End, in their current issue. Click here http://kentuckyreview.org/poetry/2014/ruth-bavetta.aspx then click on the name of the poem in the black box to the right.
I'm delighted that four of my visual poems will be included in Six Arrow Press’s book, Splitting the Genre: The Intersection of Poetry & Visual Art. I'm sure it's going to be a handsome and interesting publication. You can see some examples of my visual poems here http://ruthbavetta.com/visualpoetry.php
Both my books Fugitive Pigments and Embers on the Stairs are available as signed copies here http://ruthbavetta.com/shop.php
In Verse Wisconsin there's a fine review of Forgetting Home: Poems about Alzheimer's, an anthology that includes my poem, The Shirt, first published in Poetry East. http://versewisconsin.org/Issue113/reviews/evans.html
In the dressing room
I tell my mother to take off her shirt.
“I don’t understand why we’re here,”
she says. I explain again about the cancer,
and hang her shirt on the hook.
“Whose shirt is that?” she asks.
After the X-rays, we go back
to the dressing room. She looks
at the shirt on the hook.
“Where did that come from?”
“It’s yours,” I say, and hand it to her.
“Why am I here?” she asks again.
“To see about the cancer.”
“I don’t have cancer,” she says.
“And this is not my shirt.