Poet and storyteller Susan A. Katz of Washington, Connecticut, will offer an author and poetry reading on her recently published book, “The Limits of Light,” on Saturday, January 29 at 2:00 p.m. at Woodbury Library, 269 Main Street South in Woodbury, Connecticut. Free entry. Face masks and pre-registration are requested.
Published August 31, 2021 by Austin Macauley Publishers, “The Limits of Light” features a collection of narrative poems that explores tales from Greek mythology and their contemporary messages. “The gods, ostensibly divine beings, looked a lot like us. We can see parallels between the triumphs and disasters of ancient Greek gods and modern civilization. It’s almost as if these ancient stories predicted the future,” comments Katz.
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.
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/movement scholar Judith A. Thomas, and 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 on January 29and an 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.
Masks will be mandatory for January 29and event, and seating will be limited due to social distancing requirements. To pre-register for the event, please call the Woodbury Library at 203-263-3502, or visit www.woodburylibraryct.org. For more information on Susan A. Katz, visit https://poetladykatz.com.