To Paraphrase Noel Coward:

He once said that he always visited Washington, D.C. after the cherry blossoms had fallen. Yesterday, I visited the Chinese Scholar’s Garden before the cherry trees had blossomed. I don’t know which is more wistful. The forsythias were faintly tinged with yellow buds, however, so perhaps there is hope that winter is finally finished.

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Moon Gate, Chinese Scholar’s Garden

Moon Gate, Chinese Scholar's Garden

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Lecture at Humanist Assoc. of Greater Philadelphia

Lecture at Humanist Assoc. of Greater Philadelphia

Laury A. Egan, author of “The Outcast Oracle”

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Laury A. Egan, author of “The Outcast Oracle”, at South Jersey Humanists

Laury A. Egan talking about “The Creative Individual and the Correlation to Non-Believing” and her novel, “The Outcast Oracle,” published by Humanist Press. Photo by Michael Cluff.

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A December Poem

From my collection, Beneath the Lion’s Paw, (FootHills Publishing, 2012):

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White Dog

Faint dog bark on the folded edge

of snowy wind, lone animal out,

ruff up, nose topped with white,

eyes narrowed, lashes iced.

 

He roots in the turned-over garden,

ignoring the stretched and shrunken skin

of late fall fruit, roots for earth to smell

its real smell and be reassured he is where

he thinks, in his yard, and that the sly,

despicable gods have played no tricks

since his last trip out.

 

His coat is white as snow; he believes

this is as close to oblivion as he can get;

entranced, he is pleased but cold.

Sensing the call of ancient blood,

he runs at the black and twitching trees,

through veils of whitened breath,

enjoying the flow of legs and paws.

 

Fierceness rules his heart until

he hears the call from kitchen door:

“Rex!” then off he goes to acquiesce,

attentive to years of small rewards

that make him forget his truest self.

 

Merry! Merry! Merry!

For information on availability: http://www.lauryaegan.com

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Review of “The Sea & Beyond” in “The Centrifugal Eye”

In this issue of The Centrifugal Eye, my poetry chapbook was reviewed by Colleen Powderly–a brilliant job and fascinating analysis (I learned a few things myself about my own work. Can we give a higher compliment to a reviewer?). The issue is available at Lulu as a paperback or download. See TCE‘s website: http://centrifugaleye.com/

“Laury A. Egan’s new chapbook, The Sea & Beyond, uses extended sonic pleasures to create a fresh, new song about the
sea and a powerful meditation on the unknowable; she fashions showpiece jewels of sound and rhythm which bring me new visions of these two often-treated subjects, and does it without a single reference to diamond-lit surfaces, sapphired depths, or any of the usual images I’ve read.” [more at TCE]

Signed copies of The Sea & Beyond are available by contacting me through my website: http://www.lauryaegan.com

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American Humanist Press Podcast Interview with Laury A. Egan

Dear Friends: AHA has a monthly podcast, this one featuring me and my two books, The Outcast Oracle and Fog and Other Stories, both published by Humanist Press. There are introductory remarks and interviews with 3 other HP authors first. If you wish, you can advance to my section by placing your mouse on the gray bar (Track #1) and moving it to the right, to about the 2/3 point. Would love to hear comments through my website: http://www.lauryaegan.com  Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone! http://podcast.thehumanist.org/2013/11/the-humanist-hour-89-four-humanist-press-authors/Image

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http://podcast.thehumanist.org/2013/11/the-humanist-hour-89-four-humanist-press-authors/

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