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GATHERING LIGHT
     

GATHERING LIGHT

by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda
 

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From Bolivia to Kenya to Perú; from Kilimanjaro to suburbia to Machu Picchu, nothing and no one escapes the powerful word-sculpturing of Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda in Gathering Light: a child begging for a pen to use in school in Puca Pucara, Vincent Van Gogh making the miracle of turning a branch into a shepherd, Georgia O’Keeffe reminding us that to be

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From Bolivia to Kenya to Perú; from Kilimanjaro to suburbia to Machu Picchu, nothing and no one escapes the powerful word-sculpturing of Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda in Gathering Light: a child begging for a pen to use in school in Puca Pucara, Vincent Van Gogh making the miracle of turning a branch into a shepherd, Georgia O’Keeffe reminding us that to be able to see, like making a friend, takes time. There is so much silence in these poems, and yet every line has a voice of its own which Carolyn turns into color, song, dance, or smile. After turning the last page of this magic text, the reader feels like bringing his own aged word, naked eye, and wide-open ear and read aloud all over again this fascinating feast for the senses.
—Rei Berroa, George Mason University

Editorial Reviews

The Logic of Wings - Vanessa Haley
Gathering Light honors the resilience of spirit with a vision striving to mine the earth for what ordinary soil and small glitterings it contains, and a conviction “to believe that light is everything.”
The Burke Connection - Christine Cestaro
Much like the interior décor of her house, many of Kreiter-Foronda’s poems . . . are based on the South American Indian heritage (her husband, Patricio, is a native) and are described in terms of color and light: “The sun is kind/to her as she walks home, her black/overcoat turning blue, her gray hair/violet, her brown shoes red,” she wrote in the poem, “The Old Woman and Colors.”
T.O.R. Franciscan - Br. Rick Wilson
I can think of no better sanctuary lamp than these faithful and inviting poems.
Poet Laureate of Virginia 1998-2000 - Joseph Awad
She has a wealth of knowledge of poetry and the arts. She has great depth of feeling and wonderful craftsmanship—the ability to craft language and create imagery and rhythms and music that really gets across her feelings.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016352848
Publisher:
Northampton House
Publication date:
03/08/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
File size:
108 KB

Meet the Author

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda served as Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2006-2008. She holds a B.A. from Mary Washington College, now the University of Mary Washington, and a M.Ed., M.A. and a Ph.D. from George Mason University, where she received the institution’s first doctorate. In 2007 both universities gave her the Alumna of the Year Award. She has published six books of poetry and co-edited two poetry anthologies. Her poems have been nominated for six Pushcart Prizes and appear throughout the United States and abroad in magazines, such as Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, Hispanic Culture Review, El Quetzal, Best of Literary Journals, Poet Lore, and An Endless Skyway, an anthology of poems by U.S. State Poets Laureate. Her numerous awards include five grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts; multiple awards in Pen Women competitions; a Special Merit Poem in Comstock Review’s Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial contest; a Passages North contest award; an Edgar Allan Poe first-place award; a Virginia Cultural Laureate Award; and a Resolution of Appreciation from the State Board of Education for her contributions as Poet Laureate of Virginia. She currently serves as a Literary Arts Specialist on a Metrorail Public Art Project, which will integrate poems, including her own, into art installations at metro stations in Northern Virginia. Carolyn is an accomplished visual artist, whose works have been widely displayed. She teaches art-inspired poetry workshops in the Statewide Partners Program for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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