“With her poems, Terry Godbey tells stories that break your heart, over and over."

— Martin Achatz, Passages North Poetry Editor

GHLL cover for my websiteI’m grateful to Joe Benevento, Poetry Editor of  Green Hills Literary Lantern, an excellent literary magazine, for his review of my book Hold Still (along with 2 other poetry collections). Joe, one of the first editors to publish my work, back in 2002, said: 

‘Diagnosis’ is one of the most darkly humorous poems I’ve ever read.  ‘You’ve got a little cancer going on, /the surgeon said,’ is its first line, which has to take a feature role in the ‘you can’t make this stuff up’ trope.

She speaks across class, gender or education level perhaps more effectively than most contemporary poets as she delivers her feelings with humor and grace and absolute accessibility in a way that anyone who has had cancer would probably applaud.

Godbey presents a final poem with the simple title ‘Alive’ and lets us know, in a particularly poignant lyric that … she ‘rode into the hush,/ the stars sparking,/ and drank the dark,’ happy to see … ‘Everything alive,/ even hope.’


Terry and SusanMark your calendars for July 10! I’ll be reading with the enchanting Susan Lilley on Thursday evening, July 10, at the Orlando Public Library. Our reading, which we’re calling “Double Trouble,” will start at 6:30 sharp in the Albertson Room on the 3rd floor of the library, 101 E. Central Blvd.

I’ll read from my new book, Hold Still, as well as dip into the others: Beauty Lessons, Flame and Behind Every Door. Susan will share from her collections: Satellite Beach, Night Windows and When We Were Stardust.

We’ll sign books afterward and then intend to carouse downtown in an attempt to live up to our billing. We don’t think it will be difficult.

Terry with VBBC marquee cropped low res 014-06-07 14.08_edited-2I’m pleased to have an opportunity to read from my new book, Hold Still, at this fine independent bookstore, which has been one of my favorite bookshops for decades.

The Vero Beach Book Center has always been admired for its wide selection of books and its impressive calendar of author events and readings.

My reading will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. Afterward, I’ll answer questions and sign copies of my books.

The store is at 392 21st St. in Vero Beach. The phone number is 772-569-2050.

photoI’m delighted that The Cancer Poetry Project 2, which included one of my poems, “Infusion Fridays,” won the 2013 Midwest Book Award in the poetry category last night. Nice work, Tasora Books, editor Karin D. Miller and all the poets!