Lahaska: Monthly Poetry Series feat. Cheryl Baldi

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DATE: Thursday, February 28, 6:30 pm at the Lahaska Bookshop in Peddler's Village. [Poetry is Not a Dirty Word meets the fourth Thursday of every month.] 
FORMAT:  Featured poet reading followed by an open mic.



Cheryl Baldi is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, a former Bucks County Poet Laureate, and a finalist for the Robert Fraser Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared widely in journals, including Bitter Oleander, for which she was a finalist in the 2006 Francis Locke Memorial Award and Salamander, which nominated her work in 2008 for the Best New Poets anthology. She served on the faculty of Bucks County Community College for 25 years teaching writing and literature, has worked as a free-lance editor, and served as co-facilitator for community based workshops exploring women’s lives through literature. Her collection of poems, The Shapelessness of Water, evokes a coastal landscape that echoes the loss and love of four generations of family. She lives with her husband in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. 

LOOKING TO BE A FEATURED READER?  We're looking for a wide range of styles, genres, themes, from a wide range of people, so whether it's odes, epics, slam, haiku, some style of poetry that is your own creation, etc etc etc. we are excited to hear new, unique, and diverse voices.



To heal my heart I’m to walk
each day, but this morning,
third day of a land breeze, 
it’s hot. Still, I set out,
tide low, and by the water’s edge
where a fog unfolds, find it’s cold.
Following the scrap line
littered with broken shells,
past the stone jetty, I walk,
fog so dense I no longer see 
the dunes or houses anchored just beyond,
only the shadow of an early swimmer
in shore break and a gull picking
at a clump of decaying mussels.
I can’t tell if the sky is blue
or black any better than I can tell 
whether or not I still love you,
but the water and sky suddenly darken
so I turn back, too far from home
if a storm hits, and disappear 
into a wall of fog, my life
as unfamiliar as this stretch of beach
I walk every day.





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