and Barbara Surovell
About the Book
We are four Portland women of diverse backgrounds who were drawn together through our love of poetry and our respect for the magic of the written word. We became friends through newspapers, art, flowers, other friends, relatives, and just plain proximity.
We hope you enjoy the music of four different Portland voices.
The thought of pairing Saturday afternoons with a good book is a fine prospect. And this Saturday Afternoons is itself such a book, an anthology of four satisfyingly rich voices. In Angela Allen’s section, we find vividly crafted, engaging flights toward the exotic, poems that travel to France, to the Caribbean, to Puerto Rico. Kathie Durbin’s voice—although one of elegy and poignant tribute—is a tonic against grief. With a penchant for strong, arresting imagery, Margie Lee’s poems explore a country childhood, fallen trees, fishing from a train trestle, the sensuousness of an eggplant. Barbara Surovell is the history teacher who reads Szymborska, and whose poems echo the simple elegance and eloquence of that Polish poet’s work. This welcome collection bears witness to both the talents of these four poets and to the splendid benefits of the community they formed when they met each Saturday afternoon to support each other’s work.
The poems in Saturday Afternoons read like secrets shared over cups of coffee, around a kitchen table. They are personal in detail, universal in experience.
B. T. Shaw