National Poetry Month was celebrated big time in Nelson last night when Jane Byers launched her first book of poetry.
|Steeling Effects, published by Caitlin Press|
|Jane gave a wonderful reading to a crowd of around sixty people.|
|Otter Books was busy selling books that all but flew off the table!|
|Jane signed books until her hand all but fell off.|
|Afterwards there was a wee celebration with cake.|
The collection ends with this poem written for a friend's birthday.
AT THIS HOUR
for Betty Daniel, 90
until the glacier and the endless day you took for granted,
your hand a silhouette.
There is relief in darkness:
sag and wrinkles invisible,
expectations of the day evaporate,
like low-hung clouds
giving way to a half-moon belly dancing on water,
not to be compared to the light of afternoon.
There are moments of sparkle in the darkness—
the firefly, the flame,
that also bring warmth,
mingled with memories
of your full life.
At this hour, you risk delight.