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The Poetry Show brought a pair of talented poets into the studio on Sunday evening, October 18, 2015. Host Dennis Morton welcomed Rebecca Foust, a returning past guest, along with first-timer Roy Mash. Both poets have new books out, which naturally led to an absorbing hour of reading and discussion.
Ms. Foust’s book is titled Paradise Drive, and is constructed as a narrative sequence of sonnets featuring a recurring female hero whose name – Pilgrim – identifies her as “a person who journeys to a sacred place”.
on-the-wane, children grown and gone.
Who, voice-trained from birth in desire,
wakes one morning wanting—nothing—
in the way of things. Wanting some not-thing
not quite not-seen. Her dreams
now lie, a tangle of downed silk and line.
Waist-deep in bright ruin, she labors to sing,
wondering if wanting is, after all, all
there is. Somewhere far away old ice recedes;
somewhere new wars combust. Here, rain is rare
and Pilgrim sings her scales to the dust.
House of no children, guest room of no guest;
no god or guide, a broken song. Her quest.
Roy Mash is a long time board member of Marin Poetry Center, and the holder of degrees in English, Philosophy, and Computer Science. Buyer’s Remorse is his first published volume, and the book’s often-humorous poetry has been described as “…a celebration of the small, the overlooked, the underrated. Doggedly anti-lofty, reveling in the This-Worldly, these poems caper around the themes of the body, mathematics and rationality, adolescence and middle-age, love and fear and death. The tone ranges from the irreverent to the wistful.”