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Sydney Lea and Fleda Brown, present and past poets laureates of their states and both nationally recognized writers who’ve given their lives to their art, have conspired to write an unusual book of essays. They’ve picked a wide variety of topics and headed out as they respectively wished with each, covering a lot of territory, both artistic and memoiristic. Some of the pieces, like “Wild Animals,” are downright silly; some, like “Sex, “Music,” and “Food,” are provocative; some, like “Clothes,” “Sports,” and “Houses,” appear ordinary but are ultimately revealing. The penultimate pair of essays fall under the rubric, “Becoming a Poet,” but actually, the whole collection is about Syd and Fleda as people-poets. Poet-people. Poetry never completely goes off-stage in this wide-ranging and exciting conversation between the two. And finally, each weighs in on how it feels to be a poet in this age, at this time. Have the people-poets had to change?

What’s New
• Growing Old in Poetry: Two Poets, Two Lives, is now available from Green Writers Press.
• Fleda’s The Woods Are On Fire: New & Selected Poems, in Ted Kooser’s Contemporary Poetry Series from University of Nebraska Press, came out last year.
• Fleda has two new poems, “Afternoons at the Lake,” and “Brief,” in the Summer 2018 issue of The Southern Review. She has a poem, “Come Moths,” in New Letters (84: 2 & 3). That poem was also featured on Verse Daily, May 30, 2018. Four poems appeared in Apercus (6: 1), “Pollen,” “Frieda Kahlo,” “Dead Swan,” and “Grant Wood.”
• An essay, “Fingernails, Toenails,” is out this fall from Agni. “Smoke” will be out soon from Arts & Letters. “

In the Media:
"Vandal poem of the day, “Dancing at Your Wedding.”
Image Journal’s Poetry Friday, “Poverty of Spirit.”
Check this out! Fleda is interviewed by Lia Purpura in
“Putting Obstructions Along Your Poem’s Path,” Craft Tip in March 2014 Poetry Newsletter.
Fleda talks about writing on How A Poem Happens