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SHARON CUMBERLANDwill read poems at THE SEATTLE BOOKFESTthis Saturday, October 24th, 20092:00-3:45PM
She will be reading with poets Lynn Coffin, Peter Ludwin, and Chris JarmickHere’s the link to Bookfest, taking place in Columbia City:http://www.seattlebookfest.comCheck out the great events for writers and readers of all kinds!Sample Poem:
I DREAMED OF MY MOTHER’S CLOTHES
I dreamed of my mother’s clothes,opened an antique wardrobe, all herclothes were there, that I remember,from crinolines to hose
with elegant seamsup the back; her housecoat,her scarves that floatin perfume; I seem
to stand before a bankof fabric memorymy mother with me,casual or swank
in gown, blouse, and slackas I rummage throughsaying “Oh! I remember you,and you!”—the fecund rack
giving me my mother back again, and me a childin her warm closet, clothes piledaround me like other
arms, the camphor scent of caring.I find a green remnantof the tweed coat she sentme away to college in, faring
alone, long before she left herself,an old lady in tidy gymclothes, eyes rheumy, brain dim,leaving spangled shawls on a back shelf.
In the dream I clutch the fiber body of her, the outermost skin— embrace it all, remember when the clothes, and I, were filled by her.
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