This has been a hard winter for most of the country. Even here in moderate North Carolina
we got over 8 inches of snow. (I used to live in Wisconsin, so I am NOT whining about it!)
I like to think of winter as a place and time worthy of its own significance — not just a
waystation to a better place and time. Winter is a time for me of dreaming and planning
(maybe this year we’ll get started on that Japanese style garden) and also a time when I
find myself temperamentally suited to hunker down and get some ‘real’ work done, such
as a project I’ve been putting off.
But even with this positive spin on the winter season it does help sometimes to be reminded
that it is not eternal. And like modern-day Persephones we will return again to the world
of flowers and fruit.
Carol has written a little poem about winter to remind us of Spring:
Even as winter approaches,
image the shimmer of soft spring,
that mad metaphor for grace,
sleeping in the raw. (by Carol Pearce Bjorlie)
Tiny icicles at Craggy Gardens. October 2013
We are so pleased to announce that Carol Pearce Bjorlie has won
the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Griffin-Farlow Haiku Award for 2014. Her poem,
Snowflake Haiku, will appear in the Society’s Journal, Pinesong, this spring.
Carol will read this poem in at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and
Humanities in Southern Pines, NC May 24th.
Eight-inch snowfall in Hendersonville, NC in February 2014
We are pleased to say that Poemscapes notecards are now available
for purchase at Grateful Steps Bookstore at 159 South Lexington Avenue
in Asheville, NC. The bookstore is open 10-6 Monday through
Also available are 8 x 10 prints (unframed) of Ruthie Rosauer’s
Our Lady of Guadelupe found at St. Lawrence Basilica in Asheville, NC
I just posted a YouTube of this poem yesterday. In this YouTube Carol Pearce Bjorlie is reading the poem aloud and I matched photographs of trees and mountains, beech trees and rhododendrons, stream beds and mosses to her narration. I love the way Carol imagines a conversation between these parts of the natural world.
Here is the link:
Carol Pearce Bjorlie will be reading poetry at Grateful Steps Bookstore on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6pm. The bookstore is located at 129 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC (near the Orange Peel). This event is free. Refreshments will be provided. Some Poemscapes will be on display.
She will be reading poems from her book, “The Poet Behind the Cello,” as well as other poems. Carol will also play the cello during this event.
Carol playing the cello
Carol Pearce Bjorlie is an accomplished cellist and poet. A collection of her poetry, “The Poet Behind the Cello,” has been published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in 2012.
Ruthie Rosauer is an amateur photographer with a special interest in photographing trees and flowers. She is co-author, with Liz Hill, of “Singing Meditation: Together in Sound and Silence,” published by Skinner House in 2009.
Carol and Ruthie are collaborating to bring “Poemscapes” to life — combining Carol’s poems and Ruthie’s photographs in a variety of ways.
Ruthie Rosauer (at left) with Carol Pearce Bjorlie.