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

— Martin Achatz, Passages North Poetry Editor

untitled-9557 low res FB FlickrI’m pleased to share that I won an award last week in the Orange Audubon Society’s annual photo contest for this shot of a small burrowing owl.

The owl is striking for its unusual brown eyes resulting from a recessive gene. The photo was taken in Cape Coral, FL.

low res ducklings-2I learned quite by accident that a photo of redhead ducklings I entered in the 2016 Audubon Photography Awards was selected for their Top 100 out of nearly 7,000 photographs. This shot was taken along the shore of Lake Ivanhoe near downtown Orlando.

Take a break from politics and check out all the photos. They will take your breath away. I’m honored to be in the company of these gifted photographers.

I’m honored to be reading several poems about my cancer battle from my book Hold Stillimages at back-to-back Relay for Life events in Central Florida. My first reading will take place about 6 p.m. Friday, April 22, in Winter Garden, and the second one will be about 1 p.m. the next day, Saturday, April 23 in Lake Buena Vista near Disney World in Orlando.

I’m delighted that copies of Hold Still will be included in gift baskets for survivors.

The Winter Garden Relay will be downtown at 300 W. Plant Street. Lake Buena Vista’s Relay will take place at the Reedy Creek Fire Station at 1920 E. Buena Vista Drive.

If you would like to donate and help me fight cancer, please visit my Relay page. If you would like to participate in a Relay, click here.

‘Poet of the Week’

January 24, 2016

Thanks to Martin Achatz for naming me Poet of the Week on his blog and sharing a poem of mine every day last week. Here is the first one, “Every Stolen Breath.”

If you want to see the other four poems, click in the archive of blog posts on the right side of Marty’s site.