Berks Bards is excited to welcome Heather H. Thomas! Join us at the GoggleWorks to hear her poetry. Following their reading, we'll allow ANYONE to step up to the mic and read anything that moves them. Learn more about Ms. Thomas before our event by reading more below:
Heather H. Thomas is the author of Vortex Street (FutureCycle Press, 2018) and six other poetry collections. Her honors include a Rita Dove Poetry Prize for a poem in the collection. Vortex Street spirals from the poet’s riverside home across the globe, trailing patterns “behind a poet who stands bluntly amid the fluid of life.” The book has been praised as “an astonishment of language and image . . . brilliance and imaginative power in a compassionate and intimate voice.” The collection includes poems translated into Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, and Italian. Thomas teaches poetry at Cedar Crest College and lives in Reading along the Schuylkill River with her cat, Mina Loy.
Visit www.HeatherHThomas.com for more info.
Read a sample poem from Heather H. Thomas below:
The shooting range marked Danger, No Trespassing,
has a target made of old plates.
Shots disturb the birds, ricochet off the ridge,
separating the air I run through.
In Sarajevo, she timed her run across the bridge
—fifteen seconds between shots—
the leaves tender on trees not yet burned for fuel.
Snipers ringing the hills eyed her, eyed
anyone walking home from work or buying bread.
She counted the seconds on her watch before
running through slit silence, plate of the sun the only
unbroken thing until she reached the other side.
Heather H. Thomas, from Vortex Street (FutureCycle Press, 2018)