“The Truth Must Dazzle”
There is power coiled within poetry. Some of it is quite accessible, some falls into the hard-nut-to-crack category, and some unspools with a minimum of effort. This is the month when we especially credit poetry for how it gifts us. A selection of poems—remnants, bits and pieces, whole cloth—reminds us that poetry has its ways, baffling and not, to offer both bite and beauty to our lives.
Rosemary Klein edited The Maryland Poetry Review throughout its 15-year existence, is founding editor and publisher of Three Conditions Press, has publications in regional, national, and international journals and anthologies, was a fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a poet-in-residence at Carver Center and for the Maryland State Arts Council, and a recipient of a Poetry for the People Baltimore Legacy Award. With fellow writer Karen Elliott, she brought poetry readings and events to BES (a tradition now present in poetry salons helmed by author Kirk Mullen). She served as president of BES for two terms.