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Member Showcase: January 2015


Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda 

Co-author of

Seasons of Sharing


Tune in to XTRA 99.1FM to hear the Author interviewed by Neal Steele on CBW's Second Monday monthly broadcast, January 12th at about 8:05AM. If you missed the live broadcast, play the podcast:





About the Book


Seasons of Sharing offers poetry born of collaboration, poetry that reaches the universal from distant points of planet earth.  Six global partners, communicating by e-mail, create poetry that is immediate, intimate, and modern, carried in an ancient poetic form through the world’s newest means of communication:  the internet. While exploring the richness of seasons, the book metaphorically visits incidents on the world stage, such as climate change, the Arab Spring, and urban violence.  Dr. Joseph Heithaus, professor at DePauw University and author of Poison Sonnets, calls the book “a collaboration of first merit.” Seasons of Sharing includes French, Spanish, German, and Japanese translations.  Dr. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, co-author, is Poet Laureate Emerita of Virginia, 2006-2008.


Seasons of Sharing: A Kasen Renku Collaboration is available on www.leapfrogpress.com/, www.amazon.com, and www.carolynforonda.com.




A Beautiful, Ambitious Undertaking, An International Collaboration

Organized by poets Joyce Brinkman and Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Seasons of Sharing embodies their collaborative spirits and walks us through the seasons in ways that surprise and delight.  From a “moon drained of silver” to “the sweet

sensual salsa of blue jacaranda leaves,” the renku in this contemporary collection are still rooted in the rich haiku tradition of close attention to the natural world giving us an international sense of place that we can savor and celebrate.  

-- Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina Poet Laureate

The Japanese Kasen Renku is particularly conducive to abandonment of self in the pursuit of poetry by way of observation and dialogue: one verse leads to another, sense giving way to sense.  One is struck by the delightful agility of these verses, the utter cleanness of the images, the surprise offering at each bend, each shore, each season:  a result no doubt of the multiple eyes and voices sustaining the scenery.  Seasons of Sharing is sheer joy to read and a laudable witness to the emptying of self, so rare yet so necessary.  From spring’s “lucent butterfly” and “blue jacaranda leaves” to winter’s “brambly sloe hedge” and a “moon drained of silver,” this is generous poetry from deeply gifted and open-hearted poets.

-- Sofia M. Starnes, Poet Laureate of Virginia, 2012-2014

Here the voices of six women come together as one. “Words traverse the sea,” reads one poem. “Gems ricochet in the dusk,” says another. And that’s what the book feels like—gems of language in English and in translation echoing across the globe.  Seasons of Sharing grows in power as the book moves through its year of moons. A collaboration of first merit.

-- Dr. Joseph Heithaus, Poet and Professor, Author of Poison Sonnets         

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