I talked with Park Rapids poet LouAnn Shepard Mumm this week about her new book of poetry "Breaking the Glass" published by Loonfeather Press in Bemidji. LouAnn said to me of her poetry, "I strive for what I call deceptive simplicity. On one level very simple and straightforward but ideally there are other levels a reader can go to if they choose to."
word gets out-
whether in songor in movement
like the bees' waggle-dance,showing the way to all the best nectar-
but somehow they knowI've learned form girlhood
to keep the feeders filled,to open my doors
to the broken-wingedand lost.
I have no field guideto tell by their markings
whether they are vultures,or eagles,
or wrens,but I take my own notes
and add more datawith each new check
on my lifetimelist.
In our conversation LouAnn talked about the community of writers in the Park Rapids area including the Jack Pine Writer's Bloc and their publication "The Talking Stick". She also talked about some of the retreats she has gone to including St. Benedict's Retreats in Collegeville and
Arc Ecumenical Retreat in Stanchfield, Minnesota.