“Poetry is not a luxury” – Audre Lorde
By Joyce Kessel
Sometimes the gap between creation and study is so clear they must be linked. The poet must be present to the past to the echoes and rhythms of her foremothers, to the harvest of the gardens, to the dreams, chants and drummings, to the thrumming of the heart beneath the scars. Words can slip between the cracks of years from lost, forgotten voices – poets honoring their goddesses and loves – as one is swept into the now too easily instead of standing on the lines you crafted to see again what you saw, lionesses and truth seekers. JOYCE KESSEL, a longtime co-editor of Earth’s Daughters magazine, will read from her latest collection of poems, “Classroom Quixote: Poems from Four Decades of Teaching Writing and Literature” (The Writer’s Den Press) at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Villa Maria College, 240 Pine Ridge Road in Cheektowaga. She is chair of the Liberal Arts Department at Villa Maria and directs the Creative Writing & Literature Program. Her previous books include “Secret Lives” (2011) and “Describing the Dark” (Saddle Road Press, 2013).