Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate of England was the featured reader at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival on Saturday in Stanhope, N.J.
Motion's poem LEARNING TO FISH consisted entirely of the names of fishing lures. He said he no longer had children, but 'expensive adult dependents,' who, alas were not much interested in fly fishing.
In FROM THE BALCONY Motion described his visit to Sicily and the constant reminder of the island's active volcano Mt. Etna.
Motion closed with "poems written recently about my father who died earlier this year," UNDERGROUND and WISH LIST.
Nearly as far away from the Main Stage as you could be and yet remain on the Waterloo Village grounds, Festival Poets Elizabeth Alexander, Natasha Trethewey and David Tucker read their work in the Braw Pond Tent.
Natasha Trethewey has a voice like a warm woolen scarf. You could almost hear her reading a grocery list and finding the beauty in the words "Corn Flakes." However her verse is nowhere near the supermarket variety.
Trethewey read GRAVEYARD BLUES, MYTH, SOUTHERN GOTHIC, INCIDENT, MONUMENT and SOUTH.
Born in 1966, Trethewey told of her parents going to Cincinnati to marry because it was against the law for them to marry in Mississippi under the misogny laws.
"Natasha (in) Russian means Christmas child - even in Mississippi," she said.
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The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival 2006
IN THE BLOOD - Andrew Motion
NATIVE GUARD: POEMS - Natasha Trethewey
AMERICAN SUBLIME - Elizabeth Alexander