Susan Stevens Chambers has had a family law practice for over 30 years, and now concentrates on mediation and poetry. She brings presentations to public schools and universities, churches, Kiwanis clubs, senior citizen, poetry groups, and anywhere else someone wants to hear poetry. Her poem "Weather Advisory" was a What Light Poetry Project finalist in May of last year.
It is an oatmeal sort of day.
Morning ice clings to bare branches,
trees groan under the thrust of north wind.
She dots the pan of water with raisins,
knows they will plump up her horizon,
encourage a watery sun to break
through her snowstorm,
heat the praying furrows.
She adds oats; not instant
but good old-fashioned ones
cooked soothingly for ten minutes,
filling the kitchen with steam and comfort.
She wishes to turn the day around.
She spins this last day of winter
into a hope of blackbirds,
those sparks of spring, always the first back.
They swirl up from a snow-smothered wood,
a plump black comfort
in the bowl of one last winter storm.
- "Weather Advisory" by Susan Stevens Chambers, as it appears on mnartists.org.
Posted at 9:04 AM on March 7, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
Check out the reviews of "Barrio Grrrl" and "La Traviata"...
A quick look at recent releases
Reviews: 'Minding Frankie' and 'Unbearable Lightness'
- Star Tribune
Writer Brent Spencer comes to terms with his father's venomous legacy
The author and memoirist will be in St. Paul this week for a reading from his new book.
- JAMES CIHLAR, Star Tribune
Minnesota's Brett Rickaby once again plays the heavy in the new movie "Bereavement."
- Andrew Penkalski, Star Tribune
Lively musical sends some love to urban America
The Children's Theatre performance is a little slow to get going but it ultimately connects with a sweet ending.
- Rohan Preston, Star Tribune
'Barrio Grrrl' lacks a certain spiciness
The most memorable thing about "Barrio Grrrl!" is an insidiously bouncy refrain sung over and over throughout the show until it's pounded into your head: "Barrio Barrio, Barrio Barrio Grrrl!"
- Renee Valois, Pioneer Press
Minnesota Opera production of 'La Traviata' keeps it real
Since the reality TV craze seems to be on the wane, how about some reality opera?
- Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press
Minnesota Opera basks in the rapturous passion of Verdi's La traviata
Transcending the graceful beauty of Giuseppe Verdi's score with mesmerizing performances and a richly imaginative design, La traviata exemplifies great opera.
- Brad Richason, Examiner.com