In the Early Morning Calling
by L.B. Williams
28 pages 14 poems
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
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How casually we say to ourselves and others that we all know that life
is short and nothing is permanent. But if we turn, for example, toward
those we love, our parents, or spouse, or children, and try to hold in
mind the idea that impermanence only is lasting, then we start to
realize how difficult yet centrally important this thought is. Here in these
beautiful poems are the lyrics of the Dharma, the songs that show us how
hard it is to find and stay on the path, and how liberating and meaning-full
it can be when we do.
—Fred Marchant, Author of Said Not Said (Graywolf Press, 2017)
L.B. Williams is a writer who understands the way poetry can open doors.
Her work is candid, weaving together threads of the past alongside questions
about the future. The moments of revelation accumulate into a lovely panorama
of the human experience.
—Lisa Jarnot, author of Joie de Vivre: Selected Poems 1992-2012 (City Lights Press)
Lisa Williams shows us a world split open, a glimpse inside a rock of violet quartz.
Violet, because this collection is printed with spirituality, melancholy, and the colour
of mourning, watered down by tears. On the asphalt of New-York, death casts its
shadow: there, where the cement of the foundations crumbles away, in the megalopolis
which does not stop swallowing itself, the internal mapping remains, memories populated
with ghosts. But will streets numbers and names be enough to anchor the soul worn out
by the seasons? Is not evanescence inexorable? Guided by Buddhist wisdom, the woman
follows her path, Sutras become entangled with her own chant, root and free her altoget-
her, revealing her true identity as poet: that of a disciple of Bashô, a «wind-swept spirit ».
—Maia Brami, author of Letter to the Poet a book Homage to Jean Cocteau, (Belin publishing),
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
L.B.WILLIAMS is the author of the memoir, Letters to Virginia Woolf, (Hamilton Books,
2005) www.letterstovirginiawoolf.com, The Artist as Outsider in the Novels of Toni Morrison
and Virginia Woolf (Greenwood Press, 2000). Her poetry has appeared in such publications as
Washington Square, Gargoyle, The Mom Egg Review, Sunrise from Blue Thunder (A Pirene's
Fountain Anthology and For She is the Tree of Life: Grandmothers Through the Eyes of Women
Writers. Her poetry chapbook, The Eighth Phrase, was published by Porkbelly Press (2014), and
the poetry chapbook, Sky Studies, was published by Finishing Line Press (2014). She is Professor
of Literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey.
FROM THE BOOK
Where Do They Go?
by L.B. Williams
What if we hear the sound of a cuckoo from Kyoto
and long for a city where we already are?
It's a melody on a radio,
something familiar but forgotten
that makes me miss what I already know is gone.
In the afternoon a butterfly
mingles with the screen outside my room
and I wonder
what is a wind-swept spirit.