Doylestown: Poetry Night // Julie Cooper-Fratrik

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Hello Poets! Join us for Poetry Night on July 18th at 6:30 pm and enjoy the poetry of Julie Cooper-Fratrik followed by an Open Mic! Poets, lift your voices!
About the Featured Poet: Julie Cooper-Fratrik has her MFA from Goddard/VT College, is a former Creative Fellow at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, and the winner of an Achievement Grant in Poetry from the Leeway Foundation in Philadelphia. She is a former Bucks County Poet Laureate, and the winner of the first Robert Fraser Award from Bucks County Community College, where she taught writing/creative writing, was an advising specialist, and a writing tutor for many years! Her poetry books are : The Slow Separations, Breathing Lessons, and Further Lovely Lettuce Lore. She lived and raised her family in New Hope for 27 years, and now lives with her spouse, conceptual artist Nura Petrov, in upper Bucks County.

pierre, pietra, carreg:
where have you come from
o lovely ones? from underground
we rise like swellings of love we rise
we welcome you, dark ones:
we are the white the pebbles
on your bureau that symbolize your nights
of love (daily, their configurations change)
the pebbles under your tongue the prayerv stones the cairns we are with you
always we are the wall behind
the terrace where stonecrop grows
and Russian sage (how far you have traveled,
Perovski, from the Russian steppes)
together in Van Province we formed
a blue rock in the orchard where barren women
rubbed their breasts and chanted: bring me
a little one, Vavros: bring me a tiny pebble
we are the granite and marble chips
caressing graves the sharp blue stones
"where pilgrims walked barefoot [o stones of fire]
to wound their feet"--to wound, to find, to heal.
We are the rift in the saddened earth.
Third Thursday of the Month, 6:30 pm
Doylestown Bookshop
Featured Poet 
followed by Open Mic.