Poet and storyteller Susan A. Katz of Washington, Connecticut, will offer an Author Talk & Poetry Reading on her recently-released book, “The Limits of Light”, on Thursday, January 13 at 6:30 PM at The Gunn Memorial Library, 5 Wykeham Road in Washington, Connecticut. Ms. Katz’s poems offer an insightful comparison of Greek Mythology to today’s current events.
The January 13th program will be offered in-person or potentially via Zoom, favorable weather conditions, and COVID-dependent. Admission will be free. Face masks and preregistration are requested.
Published on August 31, 2021, by Austin Macauley Publishers, “The Limits of Light” features a collection of narrative poems that explores the tales of Greek Mythology and their contemporary messages. “The gods, ostensibly divine beings were much like us. We can see parallels between the triumphs and disasters of the ancient Greek gods, and modern civilization. It is almost as if these ancient stories foretold the future,” comments Katz.
From Apollo, who was thwarted in love, to Scylla who betrays her father for lust, to Icarus who strives to fly to the sun, only to fall to his death… the tales of the gods unfold in Katz’s compelling and dramatic narrative poetry.
A nationally and internationally published poet, Katz’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, and literary magazines. With the publication of “The Limits of Light”, she will have published four books of poetry and co-authored two textbooks with a music specialist, Judith A. Thomas, espousing the need to incorporate the arts into schools’ curriculum.
For more than 30 years, Katz worked for The New York State Poets in Public Service, and then, with music/movement specialist, Judith A. Thomas, and conducted student/teacher poetry workshops in the United States and Canada. Her work has been cited as: “…precise imagery, directness, and honesty…outspokenly erotic and sensual, evoking a powerful sense of physical passion and deeply felt experiences.” – Robert Wilson, Poetry Editor, Negative Capability.
Katz has been actively writing and publishing poetry for more than 50 years. She finds inspiration for her poems in the intricacies, and intimacies, of life and family, the hazards of living, and the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Her poems reveal her intense passion for the living quality of language. Katz believes that “Poetry is the need to write beyond the limits of choice; the freedom to see beyond the limits of light.”
Titles of poems in “The Limits of Light” include “The Rape of Persephone” (Persephone & Hades); Of Beauty Born (Medusa); To Phaeton (Phaeton & Apollo); By What Name Love (Minos, King of Crete, made war upon Megara; Nisus was the King of Megara and Scylla was his daughter); What Matters (Narcissus & Echo); Hazard of the Heart (Zeus); and The Gift (In the End)
The cost of “The Limits of Light” collection of poetry is $8.95, and Susan A. Katz’s works can be found on her website https://www.poetladykatz.com. The book is available at http://www.austinmacauley.com/us/book/limits-light; Amazon: https://amzn.to/3keuIo8; Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/3gkAUKi; The Book Depository: https://bit.ly/3gmcG2m; and in select bookstores.
To preregister for the January 13th event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/author-talk-with-poet-susan-a-katz-registration-215799440937, call the Gunn Memorial Library at 860-868-7586, or visit www.gunnlibrary.org/programs.