Literary Hook: Celebration signing, reading of new book April 2 at Womanspace

Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

I want to personally invite you to a celebration signing and reading of my new book, The Alleluia Tree, to be held at 7 p.m., Monday, April 2, at Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive, Rockford.

Besides reading selections from the book itself, there will be a little time for discussion of topics of interest to the audience. For more information, please call (815) 877-0118. The event is open to the public. I hope to see you there.

Here is the first poem in the collection. My publisher, David Gecic, of Puddin’head Press, thought it would be a good “invitation” into the rest of the book. I hope you think so, too.

If you prefer to order the book directly from the publisher, you can call 888-BOOKS98 or see Puddin’head Press online to use PayPal to order.

I also want to thank Barnes & Noble for sponsoring a store event for the Wednesday Writers, which was highly successful with at least 35 people and all chairs used.

You’re the One

You sit in the chiropractor’s office waiting

to have your spine straightened and strengthened.

You’re here because so many forces

have conspired to bring about your misalignment:

your first fall from the big Schwinn,

the accident which sent you rolling in a cornfield,

a lifetime of improper lifting,

the extra weight garnered slowly

to make up for the large girth of losses

the middle-aged mind readily conjures

before it begins its great journey of forgetting.

Perhaps you have had no luck

with established therapies

and wish to ward off intentional wounds,

your scars already knit from misappropriated

cruelties, snares, and scrapes collected

on this blue, imperfect planet.

Yet, here you are,

hopeful in your glorious misalignment,

still eager for healing

heading forward,

reading a recipe you might just try for dinner.

Misaligned or not, you stay the course,

despite the urn of mistakes sitting on your mantel.

My dear Mislocated, Misconstrued, Misshapened,

Mismanaged, and Mischievous,

it’s You. You’re the one

for whom I write these poems.

This poem was first published in Louisville Review and again in a chapbook created by the Neville Public Museum (Green Bay, Wis.). It is also included in The Alleluia Tree, now out from Puddin’head Press.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She has published about 300 poems in 70 journals and anthologies. The Alleluia Tree is her latest book. She teaches writing at The Clearing in Door County, Wisconsin, and gives workshops and readings thoughout the United States.

From the March 28-April 3, 2012, issue

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