The poems in Geraldine Zetzel’s Traveling Light pull no punches, delineating graphically life’s difficulties and losses but also savoring its saving graces. Delicious leavenings of humor and joie de vivre permeate this new book by an author who has lived life to the hilt. Mariève Rugo says that “Hers is a journey across the terrain of marriage, travel, growth and sorrow. Her language is elegant, luminous and accurate; her meditations on the long, complex saga of life both private and universal become a history that transcends its details. Within the context of her profound connection to nature, her poems gradually move from regrets to the comfort and relief of what she has learned on the way—‘this loveliness against all odds.’” And this from Suzanne Berger: “Traveling Light offers us the chance to also travel deep, into experiences honed by Zetzel’s stellar imagination and poetic skills. The poet has an inclusive eye precisely focused on the present, be it exactly noting—and celebrating—graffiti viewed from a train or the sight of wild turkeys ‘like pompous politicians crossing the road.’ And all through this second full-length collection, Zetzel offers empathy for the Other in the darker issues she addresses. Often there is the radiance of consolation, which can suddenly or softly release companion feelings in the reader—one goal of the best poetry. We finish this book enlightened, cherishing Zetzel’s luminous lyrics and stories.”
Geraldine Zetzel has been in love with poetry since 5th grade, when she produced her first sonnet. In addition to her full-length collection, Mapping the Sands, she is the author of two chapbooks, Near Enough to Hear the Words and With Both Hands. Currently, she teaches courses in the Tufts Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the most recent being focused on African-American poets. A longtime practitioner of Theravada Buddhism, she leads several ongoing meditation groups. Geraldine Zetzel lives in Lexington, MA.
In Jesus Was a Homeboy, Kevin Carey returns to the urban beach front, the dusty gymnasiums, the barrooms and the restaurants that have defined the chapters of his life. The poet reflects on his past, his adolescence, the family members who have moved on, his own children, his relationships with his parents and friends. He has learned much from the people he spent time with, from the jobs he's had, to the mistakes he’s made — and he embraces these experiences with truth and humor and grit. We learn, along with poet, the hard lessons of separation, of growing older, of wishing and wanting the things that are beyond our reach.
Kevin Carey is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Salem State University. He has published three books – a chapbook of fiction, The Beach People from Red Bird Chapbooks and two books of poetry from Cavankerry Press, The One Fifteen to Penn Station and Jesus Was a Homeboy. His one-act plays have been staged at the New Works Festival, the New Hampshire Theater Project and the Endicott College One Act Play Festival. Kevin is also a documentary filmmaker. His latest project, "Unburying Malcolm Miller," is set to premiere at the Mass Poetry Festival in May 2017.