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Beth Copeland interviewed in Writers Digest

  

BETH COPELAND: POET INTERVIEW

Please join me in welcoming Beth Copeland to the Poetic Asides blog. I first came across her work last year when I judged a North Carolina book contest. Her book, Transcendental Telemarketer (BlazeVOX), was among the finalists.

Beth Copeland

Beth Copeland

Beth Copeland lived in Japan, India, and North Carolina as a child. Her book Traveling Through Glassreceived the 1999 Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award. Her poems have been widely published in literary journals and have received awards from Atlanta Review, North American Review, The North Carolina Poetry Society, and Peregrine. Two of her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is an English instructor at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She lives in a log cabin in the country with her husband, Phil Reich. Learn more at her website:http://bethcopeland-writing.com/.

Here is a poem I really liked from Transcendental Telemarketer:

Wisteria, by Beth Copeland

How the word sounds like mysterious
and wistful combined,

how vines twine, counter-clockwise
around telephone poles

and twist around dying pines;
how flowers dangle

like amethyst pendants from pergola
posts, how branches

from a distance look like purple smoke
from unseen fires

on gnarled vines that tighten like wires
around a choking host.

READ THE WHOLE INTERVIEW HERE

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