Thursday, September 18, 2008

Book Signing and Poet Laureate....

I love book signings. OK, I really only have one book, and I share it with other storytellers, but still...

Last week end was spent at a festival in Indianapolis where I was proud and happy to spend the day signing away my book. I have to admit that I wasn't real busy, but I wrote such long narratives in the front that it seemed as if I always had someone!

Sharing my table for the afternoon was the Poet Laureate of Indiana. Norbert Krapf. I was, of course, thrilled to be sharing time with him. We chatted about our work. He is a native of Indiana, moved away for a while and now is back writing full time. Within a few short hours, I decided that I wanted to be poet laureate as well. I do believe it takes more than wishing, however.

I bought one of his books, The Country I Came From, and read it cover to cover when I got home. I loved it. I have already shared it with my students, my friends, my book club members and have corresponded with Norbert hoping that some of his brilliance may rub off on me.

The book is a treasure as are all the others.

Here is a short excerpt from the book:

Queen Anne's Lace

Against a galaxy
of dark greens

this constellation
of whites

within which
tiny stars

pulse the color
of an old

rusty fence
beside which

we stand
and gaze.

Norbert's books and mine are available through the Indiana History Center.

Or you can buy Scenic Routes direct from me. I can guarantee you will love them all.

Lou Ann