||The University of Montana Printing & Graphics Services,with Campus Quick Copy
||May 21 2003
Illustrated poems with line art. Title poem plus 43 others in narrative style written with sharp images and a Northwest flair. Themes you can relate to.
LADDER OF CLOUDS
Next to me
the ex-Bronco player
sports a shock of gold
against medium dark skin—
four chains around his neck
silent watches bracelets
From the window seat
I watch thermal winds swell.
We float on angels’ wings. . .
darkest gray crest higher
the ladder of clouds.
We hear a rumbling in the plane
double back to Denver for repairs
giving me more time with Randy Fuller.
We talk like siblings, his words sweet
as sunflowers just unbending.
Positioned to gamble with his buddy
he invites me to join them.
I decline, spinster that I am.
twenties glide freely
when slapped down from on high
with hoots of raucous laughter.
Passengers in the back row can hear
their ginger ales spilling on their napkins.
I hesitate to exit the plane.
cap over his eyes
Randy drops the best farewell:
“See ya’, Kath.”
And I will.
"How many sides each one of us has--
when forced to choose
how much by chance that is."
from Pillar Falls
“Kathy Wehrenberg’s poems are astoundingly idiosyncratic. In a totally original voice, she speaks of everyday details, but defines them in a language dense with word-play. In her poems metaphors seem to arise from some strange insight into the seemingly mundane world, but they often come together in a last line so unexpected–but oh so right!–that it makes one inhale in surprise.”
----- Ginny Foster
Meaning and Sympathy Are Born
“Kathy Wehrenberg doesn’t barrel-race through the West, but goes slowly, noticing the dusty, woods dandruff on the spruce and the drunk in the parking lot. The rodeo and the drive-in movie theater are mysterious circles on the landscape where meaning
and sympathy are born.”
----- Fr. Hugh Feiss,
Order of St.Benedict
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Reader Reviews for "Mad Dance of Bees"
|Reviewed by Alex Smith
|The 'PAGE TURNER' in color, is like a katie-cat. A calico katie-cat. It's almost a purr, how comfortable you are; nestled with Chopin and Brahms, Bach and Bartok. I think music is really a part of you...so much so, that you THINK lyrically!?. Something like that Katie...As Always~~your Alex.|