Lorraine Walker Williams with her new book Split Poems prior to reading selections from it before a receptive audience on March 12 at the Sanibel Public Library. SC photo by Shannen Hayes
Lorraine Walker Williams with her new book Split Poems prior to reading selections from it before a receptive audience on March 12 at the Sanibel Public Library. SC photo by Shannen Hayes

What matters is what we make of what happens to us. Mark Doty, poet.

 

So begins Split Poems by Lorraine Walker Williams, and that's how she began a well-received reading of poems from her new book on Wednesday, March 12, at the Sanibel Public Library.

Split was released in February and is the fourth by the accomplished island poet.

This is the first book of poetry that I have written that has a narrative thread,” Walker Williams said. “The audience was responsive and commented on the courage it took to write and read from the book.”

She chose the following selections: Secret, Third Finger Left Hand, I Wish I Had Better Sins, Monday, 9:44 A.M., Lost Rooms, A Woman's Place Is..., Self Portrait in the Mirror, Regret Nothing, Bird in Flight.

I have written these poems for all to learn that we work through what seems to 'split' us and then we become whole again,” she said. “It results in a jubilant collection of poetry.”

These poems talk about change, and how Lorraine Walker Williams chose to deal with the frightening journey real change demands,” said James Brock, FGCU creative writing professor. “ This book is a tribute to acts of courage. Combine that with her top-flight investment in craft and you see the powerful gift her poems have given to all of us.”

Lorraine Walker Williams is also the author of Fire in the Grass, Paradise Found and Near Water. They are available at her Website www.lorrainewalkerwilliams.com. She is Creator and Chair of ArtPoems and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. Her weekly column Poetry Place appears each Thursday in the Santiva Chronicle at santivachronicle.com.