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

— Martin Achatz, Passages North Poetry Editor

Lwords_webPainter Pamela Ramey Tatum and I will portray the many facets of love and its sidekicks lust and loss in paintings and poetry on Saturday, Nov. 1, in New Smyrna Beach.

The show, from 4 to 8 p.m., will be at The Hub on Canal, a historic downtown building that’s home to more than 70 working artists. Pamela will give an artist’s talk at 6 and I’ll follow at 6:30 with a reading of my poems, many of which will hang among the paintings. Our event is part of the First Saturday Gallery Walk, so there will be plenty of artwork to admire, and appetizers, wine and music, too.

Saturday, Nov. 1, 4 to 8 p.m.
Gallery Talk, 6 p.m.
Poetry Reading, 6:30 p.m.

The Hub on Canal
132 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach

I am grateful to Martin Achatz, Poetry Editor of Passages North, for reprinting my poem in his great blog, “Saint Marty.” He writes, “Terry Godbey has a great poem about boys in her collection Flame.  The boys in the poem are trying to impress the girls.  The girls are trying to attract the boys.  There’s much showing off by both genders.  But, in the end, they remain on their respective sides, wanting each other, but not knowing how to say so.”

I’m delThere Will Be Verseighted to be the featured poet at this limited-edition poetry slam series hosted by the incomparable Jesse Bradley at Stardust Video & Coffee in Orlando. Sign-ups start at 8 p.m. and the slam begins at 8:30. Eight poets will compete in a head-to-head slam, with the entire audience acting as judges, and I’ll take the stage after the first round. Two more rounds follow my reading, and the winner gets $20.

Jesse, host of the popular There Will be Words prose reading series, created this trial event to feature Central Florida’s finest performance poets, so please come and support him, me and the other poets. Don’t tell me you have something better to do on a Tuesday night!

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 8 to 10 p.m.
Stardust Video & Coffee
1842 E. Winter Park Road, Orlando

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.’