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Back in the mid 1990s, poet and author, Sandy Fink, rounded up a group of people interested in the reading, writing and preservation of a slowly vanishing art form – poetry. Initially called the Chiefland Poets’ Workshop, the members of the group have changed over the ensuing years, but not their love of the written word. Now known as the Suwannee River Poets, they meet once a month in Chiefland to share their work.
One of the group’s goals is to encourage the reading and appreciation of all styles of poetry. To facilitate that goal, they have just published their second anthology, Channels of Verse. An eclectic mix of styles and themes, the collection offers a tantalizing glimpse at the wisdom, writing skills and deep emotions of this talented group of poets. There is quiet reflection in Angela Rains’ poem “Truth”. Koko offers a mother’s love in her work “For My Children on Mothers’ Day.” “A Touch of Spice” by Ruth Y. Nott shows off a wry wit. Thomas W. Fumea’s thought provoking “Another Mistake” gives a darker look at the world we’ve created. Whether you prefer snippets of haiku, cleverly rhymed work or flowing free verse, this collection is sure to have something for everyone’s taste.
The anthology offers works by Angela Rains, Gloria Webb Sutton, Koko, Linda Sides, Nadine Lewis, Ruth Y. Nott, Sandy Fink, Thomas W. Fumea and Mary Wagers France (posthumously). Brief biographies of each poet are also included.
For more information on the Suwannee River Poets, e-mail them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.