“Greek gods were self-appointed ‘saviors’ who are much like self-proclaimed power-dominators we are witnessing today,” states acclaimed poet Susan A. Katz of Washington, Connecticut. Author of the recently published book, “The Limits of Light”, a collection of narrative poems about Greek Mythology characters, Katz will provide a free Poetry Reading and Author Talk this Thursday, April 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.
Hosted by the New Milford Public Library, the event will be held at The Maxx at 94 Railroad Street in New Milford. Admission is free, and registration is required.
“The Limits of Light”, published on August 31, 2021, features a collection of narrative poems that explores the tales of Greek Mythology and their contemporary messages.
“The so-called gods were just people who were self-acclaimed divine beings were much like us. We can see parallels between the triumphs and disasters of the ancient Greek gods and modern civilization. It is almost as if these ancient stories foretold the future,” comments Katz.
From Apollo, who was thwarted in love, to Scylla who betrays her father for lust, to Icarus who strives to fly to the sun, only to fall to his death… the tales of the gods unfold in Katz’s compelling and dramatic narrative poetry.
A nationally and internationally published poet, Katz’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, and literary magazines. With the publication of “The Limits of Light”, she will have published four books of poetry and co-authored two textbooks with a music specialist, Judith A. Thomas, espousing the need to incorporate the arts into schools’ curriculum.
For more than 30 years, Katz worked for The New York State Poets in Public Service, and then, with music/movement specialist, Judith A. Thomas, conducted student/teacher poetry workshops in the United States and Canada. Her work by Ella has been cited as: “… precise imagery, directness, and honesty… outspokenly erotic and sensual, evoking a powerful sense of physical passion and deeply felt experiences.” – Robert Wilson, Poetry Editor, Negative Capability.
Katz has been actively writing and publishing poetry for more than 50 years. She finds inspiration for her poems by her in the intricacies, and intimacies, of life and family, the hazards of living, and the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Her poems by her reveal her intense passion for the living quality of language. Katz believes that “Poetry is the need to write beyond the limits of choice; the freedom to see beyond the limits of light.”
Titles of poems in Susan A. Katz’s “The Limits of Light” include “The Rape of Persephone” (Persephone & Hades); Of Beauty Born (Medusa); To Phaeton (Phaeton & Apollo); By What Name Love (Minos, King of Crete, made war upon Megara; Nisus was the King of Megara and Scylla was his daughter); What Matters (Narcissus & Echo); Hazard of the Heart (Zeus); and The Gift (In the End).
The cost of “The Limits of Light” collection of poetry is $8.95, and her works and poetry can be found on her website https://www.poetladykatz.com. “The Limits of Light” is available at http://www.austinmacauley.com/us/book/limits-light; Amazon: https://amzn.to/3keuIo8; Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/3gkAUKi; The Book Depository: https://bit.ly/3gmcG2m; and in select bookstores.
For information on Susan A. Katz and “The Limits of Light”, visit https://poetladykatz.com.