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Thursday, May 22, 2003 02:20 pm

Bards of the Sangamo 5-22-03

This week we have a poem by Corrine Frisch from her new chapbook, Seasonal Affections. Frisch will give a reading on Wednesday, May 28, at Imo's Pizza, 751 S. Durkin. Frisch's reading, sponsored by Poets & Writers Literary Forum, will be preceded by an open mic. at 7 p.m. Frisch is the director of public relations at the Lincoln Library.

Flags

Spring resurrects the entombed,
a daub of scent behind my ear,
lilac blooms perfume the air.

Purple iris (my grandmother called them flags)
beckon in the breeze.
Across the lawn she waves to me,
then disappears.

We think of ghosts on autumn nights
flying through the leafless trees.
Perhaps they're sewing scented seeds
to haunt us in spring's blossoming.

Local poets were writing about contemporary events in the Sangamo Journal as early as the 1830s. People's Poetry wants you to share your thoughts on what's happening in Springfield today--in poetic form. Poems on any subject will be considered, but ones that deal with issues of local interest are encouraged. Send yours to poetry editor Lee Gurga, P.O. Box 662, Lincoln, IL 62656, or to gurga@ccaonline.com with "Bards of the Sangamo" in the subject line. (Please limit your submissions to poems of 14 lines or less.)

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