March 12th: Molly Lynn Watt Features

Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery at 106 Prospect Street with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On March 12th, poet, editor, and poetry host Molly Lynn Watt will be reading a selection from her new release.

Molly Lynn Watt's book of poetry, Shadow People, was released this year from Ibbetson Street Press. Her poems have appeared recently in HILR Review, South Carolina Review, Types and Shadows Review, Friends Journal, Spare Change, The Wilderness Literary Review and other places. Her other recent credits include editing the forthcoming 2006 Bagel Bards Anthology and creating the reading theater "George and Ruth: Songs and Letters of the Spanish Civil War," created and performed with Dan Lynn Watt (available on CD).

she leads poetry workshops, hosts the Cambridge Cohousing Fireside Readings (now in its 8th season) and writes daytrip articles for the Occasional Moose. A sample poem follows.

Aurora Borealis

We’ve become night travelers
creeping along Alaskan highways
for one more chance encounter.
She—beguiling hooker
draped in ruby satins—
flashes along Earth’s silhouette
doing hijinks across the skies
dazzling frost crystals in riverbeds
whispering to crackling ground
to join her juicy dance—then ripples on.

We are shadow peoples
talking her by moonlight
desirous of another glimpse
as she rides the mountain ridges.
We’ll wait all night for one caress
from her expanding waves of sheen.
But she’s a neon flirt
who swirls and flares
cavorting through celestial skies—
a good-time girl—
she soars alone.

--Molly Lynn Watt