Marcy Burns has been a “friend of the book” since Sightlines: A Poet’s Diary” came out in 2006. She found it through Dan Poynter’s list, reviewed it, and set about becoming a friend of the book, my work, and me. On my trip to Riverside last winter [click here for audio of talk and music], I met Marcy for the first time in her lovely home in Oxnard, California. This morning she sent me this heartening note:
The Ventura UU Book Group begins each session with chalice lighting and an opening reading. Yesterday, just as I was ready to leave home to go to the session, the group leader telephoned to say she couldn’t be there, and she asked if I would be the leader for the day.
“Of course.” As I looked quickly at my books for a reading, my gaze lit on Sightlines. Again, “Of course.” I read “Grace.” When I had finished reading, the 12 people, who were there, sat silently for a moment and then there was a murmur of a collective “Yes.” They liked your poem … a lot. I then spoke briefly about you and your poetry before we launched into out book discussion. Thought you would like to know.