This year has been quite the busy one here at CavanKerry.
Our highlights include:
- Published six new titles including first Memoir and second edition of The Waiting Room Reader.
- Donated 1,619 GiftBooks to twenty-four organizations including NJ Poetry Out Loud, Project Literacy, Bergen County Cooperative Library System, and VA Healthcare.
- The Laundress Catches Her Breath received Tillie Olsen Award from Working Class Studies Assn.
- Darkening the Grass named a “Must Read” by Massachusetts Book Awards.
- Motherhood Exaggerated and The Laundress Catches Her Breath were finalists for Foreword Bookof the Year.
- Jack Ridl received Gary Gildner Award for Poetry.
- Joan Cusack Handler received an Honorable Mention in the NJ Poet’s Prize.
- Bergen County Cultural Affairs honored Joan Cusack Handler for CKP’s decade-long support of its Poetry Out Loud program.
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Now, let’s end this year with a poem.
So wild it was when we first settled here.
Spruce roots invaded the cellar like thieves.
Skunks bred on the doorstep, cluster flies jeered.
Ice-melt dripped shingles and screws from the eaves.
We slept by the stove, we ate meals with our hands.
At dusk we heard gunshots, and wind and guitars.
We imagined a house with a faucet that ran
From a well that held water. We canvassed the stars.
If love is an island, what map was our hovel?
Dogs howled on the mainland, our cliff washed away.
We hunted for clues with a broken-backed shovel.
We drank all the wine, night dwindled to grey.
When we left, a flat sunrise was threatening snow,
But the frost heaves were deep. We had to drive slow.
From Same Old Story, coming in 2014
by Dawn Potter