The Iambs of March

by Ed Davis on March 4, 2010

Now that it’s March, a young (and old) man’s (and woman’s) fancy turns to . . . Poetry! True, Poetry Month isn’t until April, but I hope to interest lovers of language in a literary event even before then. And then one a bit later.

Davis & Meece Live at Non-Stop

On Sunday, March 28, I’ll be sharing an hour of poetry (and possibly some fiction) from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Nonstop Institute of Yellow Springs with my long-time friend Terrilyn Meece, a poet, actress and professional photographer from Pleasant Hill, Ohio. Her new book of poetry and photographs focuses on birth and its aftershocks: raising three girls and caring for a husband. Dazzling humor, sensitive wisdom and breathtaking drama are what you can expect from Terrilyn.

The Nonstop Institute of Yellow Springs, Ohio, a non-profit organization facilitating and presenting educational events, artistic, cultural and academic works and advancing socially conscientious public dialogue, is located at 305 N. Walnut St., Suite C, in the Millworks Office Complex. (For directions, see Map to “Campus North“)

Four Poets at Cedarville Public Library

I’m also fortunate to be reading poetry again the following month. On Saturday, April 17 from 2:00-3:30 p.m., I’m joining three fine poets at the Cedarville Public Library, located at 20 S, Miller Street, just off Rte. 72. A map is available at Read on and you’ll see why I’m excited and humbled to be in their company.

Julie Moore

Cedarville University Writing Center Director and Judson Jerome Poetry Fellowship winner at last summer’s Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Julie Moore will debut her new book of poetry from WordTech Editions Slipping Out of Bloom. John Drury says that Julie’s poems “are centered in her own home, in her own everyday life, but they radiate outward, taking in what’s distant, invisible, and hard to comprehend as well as what’s intimate and in close proximity. Her courageous poems face death and inexplicable illness . . . [bringing her] to a hard-earned faith . . . ” Read more about Julie and her books at

Rita Coleman

Former newspaper reporter and university professor Rita Coleman will debut her first book of poetry, Mystic Connections. About the book Gary Pacernick says, “The clear language and evocative imagery . . . helps the reader see deeply into the nature of the universe and the self . . .” Read more about Rita’s book at

Cathryn Essinger

Edison State professor Cathy Essinger’s latest book, What I Know About Innocence, is available at Neil Carpathios says about her: “Whether tapping into the secret language of dogs or mockingbirds or light . . . whether opening up her own heart to explore the nuances of love . . . [she] reminds us of the magic that exists everywhere if we just pay attention.” Cathy’s a wonderful performer of her work.

Poetry All Over

If you love the art, you’ll want to listen locally to “Conrad’s Corner on WYSO.91.3 FM: weeknights at 7:59, on Saturday afternoons at 2:00 and Sundays at 10:30 am. I was recently interviewed on Weekend WYSO and you can hear it (about 4:25 minutes into the show) at:

I sure hope to see you at one of the above events. If not there’ll be plenty of other chances to celebrate poetry in April.


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