Mary Lucille DeBerry will read from her second collection of poetry, Alice Saw the Beauty, on Saturday, January 10 at a book launch scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Monongalia Arts Center, 107 High Street, in Morgantown. The event is free and open to the public.
The title of the new book is also that of one of the poems within it—about a single copper bedspring given to the poet by former Randolph County Extension Agent, Alice Torner (1903-1979), who helped found the Mountain Weavers Guild. Other poems celebrate a primitive rolling pin, an elegant vase created by Susan Ting, vintage photographs, and nature’s offerings: ginkgo leaves, fan-shaped fungus, dandelions and daffodils.
Winston Fuller, former WVU Professor, says, “Mary Lucille DeBerry writes a poetry of attention to the exotica of the close at hand. Alice Saw the Beauty is the poetry of a West Virginian making a West Virginia life.” Ida Stewart, author of Gloss (2011 winner of the Perugia Press Prize) adds, “The book is also tethered to history, each poem not written but tied like a knot on a string of time that connects the past to the present.”
The new collection of poems—with Foreword by Ann Hogsett--can be found at the Harrisville branch of the Ritchie County Library and at Berdine’s Five and Dime. Program chairs are invited to schedule the author to read her work at meetings of local organizations.