"Mammatus" - Poem I Wrote For Michael's Clouds
Here's Michael's post in its entirety. Visit his blog for active links in this post and and to read more mammatus cloud poems including Michael's fine poem which inspired the voice in this.
Friday, December 23, 2005
Lorna Dee Cervantes, Mammatus
I received an email today from Lorna Dee Cervantes, associate professor of English at the University of Colorado and critically acclaimed poet. It was in response to the challenge to write a poem about the photo of the amazing mammatus clouds that were taken over Hastings, Nebraska in 2004.
Without further adieu, here is Lorna’s submission:
by Lorna Dee Cervantes
* UPDATE: Watch this space for link to poem in upcoming issue of MI POESIAS magazine focusing on women's work. It will include a podcast of me reading the poem. (soon as my voice clears up from this lingering flu) Check out link to current issue and MI PO' Radio. THANKS, DIDI!
Lorna's accomplishments and accolades and awards are numerous. Consider this: Lorna has a PhD in philosophy and aesthetics. She received a Pushcart Prize for Best Poem in 1980; an American Book Award (Before Columbus Foundation) in 1982; Outstanding Chicana Scholar in 1993; two-time National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant for Poetry winner in 1978 and 1993; Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Writer’s Award 1995 - 1998; the Paterson Prize for Best Book of Poetry; the Latino Literature Award, guest poet at the Millennium Poetry Event in the White House in 1999, and just recently was a finalist (along with Reg Saner & Mary Crow) for Poet Laureate of Colorado.
Lorna has authored three books of poetry, two of them award-winning books-- Emplumada and From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger. The third book is released this January-- Drive: The First Quartet.
Her poetry has appeared in 200 highly-recognized anthologies and too-numerous-to-count e-zines and magazines. She has performed her poetry twice at the Library of Congress, & also presented at the Walker Arts Center, The Dodge Poetry Festival, New York YMCA, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Vassar, Wellesley, and numerous other venues, university & college campuses in the US, Mexico, Spain & Colombia.
To read more of her most impressive bio, visit her blog, Lorna Dee Cervantes.
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If you are interested in reading some of Lorna’s poetry on the web, I recommend the following:
After the Wake; Poet’s Progress ; Summer Ends Too Soon ; A Blue Wake for New Orleans (which appears in the same publication as my poem "Out of the Lower 9"), and Freeway 280.
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