My Featured Blogger this week is the wonderful Sarah M. Zang (a.k.a. S.M. Zang), who maintains multiple blog sites, one for her own poetry, and others for a broad community of modern writers.
Sarah is an indomitable champion of other artists. Last year, she and a friend drove hundreds of miles to see the world premiere of my film Over-the-Rhine. Meeting her in person was only a confirmation of the friendship we’d already formed through exploring each other’s work.
But gratitude and friendship alone did not inspire this post. Sarah is an artist in her own right. Like butterflies trapped in amber, her poems are full of aching beauty and spiritual longing. She mourns and celebrates the human experience, while hinting at the promise of something more.
for Joseph Brodsky who said:
“The dolce vita is chocolate and champagne.”
He bought bread
in the little shop on the corner,
had it wrapped
mostly for the mystery
and the precious paper,
a blank slate for his poetry
inspired by mingled scents
of poppy seed and yeast,
and a yearning for his homeland
where loaves were crustier
and poets were noted
for their hunger.
(excerpted from Poetry Foundation) Iosif Alexandrovich Brodsky was reviled and persecuted in his native Soviet Union, but the Western literary establishment lauded him as one of that country’s finest poets. From the time he began publishing his verse—both under his own name, and under the name Joseph Brodsky—which was characterized by ironic wit and a spirit of fiery independence, Brodsky aroused the ire of Soviet authorities; he was also persecuted because he was a Jew. He was brought to trial for “parasitism,” and a smuggled…
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