JENNY GORDON GRAY BOOK READING/SIGNING FOR SIR ARCHY

Sir ArchyThe Warren Artists’ Market is hosting a Book Reading/Signing on Thursday, May 28, at the Warren FoodWorks, with Jenny Gordon Gray featuring her first book Sir Archy. Her book is about horses, in particular about the greatest sire the USA has ever known. Sir Archy was born as Robert Burns in 1805. One partner is his ownership, Col. John Tayloe III, changed his name to Sir Archy. These were the days when horse racing was for the gentry only and races would commonly last for four miles. It wasn’t long before no one would race their thoroughbred against him.
It was William Ransom Johnson who brought Sir Archy to Warren County, North Carolina in 1808. That’s when Sir Archy’s fame would become even more so; that’s when, in 1810, he became a stud horse. He was farmed out from one place to another siring more than 400 winners. His bloodline includes such champions in the Racing Hall of Fame as Man O’ War, Seabiscuit, Native Dancer, Secretariat, and Seattle Slew. While Ms. Gray is not into thoroughbred racing, she does own a descendant of Sir Archy and does dressage riding
The public is invited..

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FOR THOSE WHO MISSED FIRST FRIDAY POETRY NIGHT AT WARREN FOODWORKS

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A friend, who missed coming to FFPN at the Warren FoodWorks last week, asked me what I read. Attempting to step into the absent Thomas’ shoes, not an easy task-he is a natural emcee, I read a bit more than usual. As he is always asking everyone “Why do you write?” Reading one of my pieces from Jyoti Wind’s, The Creative Arc, An Anthology on Writing, seemed appropriate. My well-read copy is pictured here. Reading again and since WH Auden is one of many favorite poets, I read:
W H AUDEN QUOTE
“A poet is, before anything else, a person
who is passionately in love with language.”
W.H. Auden (1907-1973)
This quote from one of my favorite poets
sits with truth on my lips, slides down to
my heart and nestles there, as it finds a home.

In love with language, words that tickle me,
making me laugh; sometimes outright giggle
words can impress me with their sincerity
depress me without any reason just because
they are a word that forms an unhappy picture.

Poets take these words and move them around
write one higher on the line to make it jump
or rest quietly to let you sigh, take a deep breath
be happy to see it, special words can be italic
to touch you, you will remember those words
so precious that they imprint on your mind
and stay there

Bards play with accents as in persona poems
where you use the voice of another, allowing
your words to come from their mouth or is it
their words from your pen, after stepping into
their shoes, testing their waters, feeling how
someone else thinks. Is that possible?

Or is it guesswork and misunderstanding.
Playing with words on paper is part of that
love of language; moving them around
forming an outline of a heart or a tree
simply for pure delight. The power of a
printed word is image, to impress another
or catch their eye while playing like a child
hoping to leave a mark on the reader.
Arlene Sandra Bice © 3/2015

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DAFFODIL CACTUS?

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Alas! Alack!
In springtime; there’s snow
Such confusion goin’ on
Who’s to know?

The winter cactus
Is in bloom
While daffodils
Are making room

What celebration
Shall there be
Easter basket
Or Christmas tree?
Arlene Sandra Bice © 3/2015

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YESTERDAY

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Yesterday
is gone
never to be relived
remembered, yes,
never relived

today
is better for it
tomorrow
may never get here
or be irrelevant

today
is joyous
wonderful
delightful
because of
yesterday
and the promise
of tomorrow
Arlene Sandra Bice ©2015

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OFTEN ONE POEM LEADS TO ANOTHER

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WHERE SLEEP HAS GONE
Where has my sleep gone
once so peaceful; readily at hand

Now I finally drift off at 2 am
words comes to me at 5
demanding to be written down

Sleep, “Why do you delay
denying the solitude I seek?”

Who sends messages
disrupting my dreams
interfering with my waking?

Where has my sleep gone?

BENT GLASSES
I bent my glasses
this morning
falling asleep in them
after waking at 5 am
to write down
thoughts that woke me

Screaming in my head
to be heard
to be recognized
to be announced
to be shared with the universe

Before falling asleep again
pad in one hand
pen in the other
glasses falling off
bent under the pillow  Arlene Sandra Bice (C) 2015

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WOMEN’S OPEN FORUM–THANK YOU TO GUEST SPEAKER–ALANA HUMPHRIES

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for a great afternoon of learning about your journey through life that brought you to sharing your knowledge of manifesting the good things from life that we all seek. We’ve gained insight today that we can apply to our own lives. You gave us laughter and squeals of joy when we each chose an Angel card of Romance that you intuitively explained to us. A wonderful day for all of us! Thank you again!

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SAVE THE DATE!

DSCF3541     Book reading/signing with Meriwether Shipley, author of Cassandra and the PI G. I. on Friday, 24 April 2015 from 7-8 pm at the Warren FoodWorks, 108 S. Main St. Warrenton, NC 252-257-1239.
Ms Shipley will be reading excerpts from her book, answering questions, and signing your book or you may purchase one at $8.95 on site.
Ms Shipley has worn many hats in her long career. She (and Cassandra) both majored in Interior Design at the American University. She has been a Model for such companies as Walmart, Wrangler, and Home Depot, being featured in an ad for Eli Lilly that ran for five years. She is most comfortable behind the scenes where she has been a producer and director for stage and film for a quarter of a century. She and her husband, Jack Peachum wrote, produced, and directed an independent film titled Vignette. They have co-authored works for both stage and screen. Ms Shipley has been a feature writer and columnist for two newspapers.
She is a regular attendant at First Friday Poetry Nights at the Warren FoodWorks
This is her first novel; Volume I in a series to follow.

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