“The Greek gods were all self-proclaimed ‘saviors’ much like the self-proclaimed titans of power we witness today,” says poet and storyteller Susan A. Katz of Washington, Connecticut. This Saturday, April 2, at 11:00 a.m., Katz will offer an author and poetry reading on her recently released book, “The Limits of Light”, a collection of poems based on Greek mythology at The Woodbury Library, 269 Main Street South at Woodbury. Free entry. Face masks and pre-registration are requested.
“The gods were just self-appointed divine beings, much like the people we witness today. It’s clear to see parallels between the human triumphs and horrific disasters of the ruling Greek gods, and what happens in our violence-filled world today. It’s almost as if these ancient stories predicted the future.
From Apollo, who was thwarted in love, to Scylla who betrays his father for lust, to Icarus who strives to fly towards the sun, only to fall to his death… the stories of the gods unfold in poetry Katz’s captivating and dramatic narrative.
Published August 31, 2021 by Austin Macauley Publishers (London, Cambridge, New York, Sharjah), “The Limits of Light” presents a collection of poems that explores tales from Greek mythology and their contemporary messages.
A nationally and internationally published poet, Katz’s work has appeared in numerous literary anthologies, journals and magazines. With the publication of “The Limits of Light”, she will have published four books of poetry and co-authored two textbooks with a music specialist, Judith A. Thomas, espousing the need to integrate the arts into school curricula.
For more than 30 years, Katz worked for The New York State Poets in Public Service, then, with music and movement scholar Judith A. Thomas, led student/teacher poetry workshops in the United States and in Canada. His work has been cited as “…accurate imagery, directness and honesty…overtly erotic and sensual, evoking a powerful sense of physical passion and deeply felt experiences.” – Robert Wilson, poetry editor, Negative Capability.
Katz has been actively writing and publishing poetry for over 50 years. She finds inspiration for her poems in the complexities and intimacies of life and family, the vagaries of life, the beauty and wonders of the natural world. His poems reveal his intense passion for the living quality of language. Katz thinks that “poetry is the need to write beyond the limits of choice; the freedom to see beyond the limits of light.
Poem titles in “The Limits of Light” include “The Rape of Persephone” (Persephone & Hades); Of born beauty (Medusa); To Phaeton (Phaeton & Apollo); By what name love (Minos, king of Crete, made war on Megara; Nisus was king of Megara and Scylla was his daughter); What Matters (Narcissus & Echo); Chance of the heart (Zeus); and the gift (at the end)
Copies of “The Limits of Light” will be available for purchase during the April 2 event. The book is also available at http://www.austinmacauley.com/us/book/limits-light; Amazon: https://amzn.to/3keuIo8; Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/3gkAUKi; Book repository: https://bit.ly/3gmcG2m; and in some bookstores. Works by Susan A. Katz can be found on her website https://www.poetladykatz.com.