There is no shortage of cultural and global issues to be part of right now. I donate, volunteer, and support. But I’m constantly at odds with where to put my public service energy, often becoming overwhelmed by all the options*. I also get sidetracked, wondering if the space where others live inspires or suppresses them? […]
When I travel or am in the midst of substantial change, I often think of the lyrics, “This time tomorrow, where will we be?” from “This Time Tomorrow” by The Kinks. After a year of Covid hyper-vigilance, I experience a similar kind of transience every day. A simple event–like going out to dinner–is oddly exciting and unfamiliar.
I feel like songwriter Ray Davies when he explains the inspiration for writing the song: “I felt that I’d lost contact with my family. Because I’d been in a pop music bubble for five years, and I didn’t know the people around me anymore. ‘This Time Tomorrow’ was about transience, and an ephemeral world. Clouds, and where do we play tomorrow, and what am I doing as a person tomorrow? It’s a floating song, and I was floating into a different era. Going with the flow for a while, until I work out where I want to be.”
There is no doubt: I am “floating into a different era.” There is a persistent unknown in my day-to-day life. Yet, the unknown provides opportunity. I’m not bound to “what was” and am buoyed by “what could be.” Not what will be.
After all, I do have a say.
Anthology Reading of Triad Contributors: Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath
When: Thursday, September 16, 2021, 7:00 PM
Where: Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC
Bookmarks 16th Annual Festival of Books & Authors
When: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Host: Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC
Attend: In-person and Online
Come visit me at the Press 53 table!
Poetry and Space: Poems Crafted with an Architectural Perspective
When: Thursday, October 7, 2021, 6-7:30PM EST
Host: Press 53
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Anything That Happens
"Wilder doesn’t hide behind poetic devices that can make trauma beautiful or romantic or at least palatable. Instead, when writing about the accident and its aftermath, Wilder’s choice is often sparse language with anaphoric qualities..."—Angie Dribben, Aquifer: The Florida Review Online
"The poems in Anything that Happens puzzle together the emotions of life, fitting words into sharp, emotive slivers that pierce a heart with empathy."—Independent Book Review
"I don't know that I have ever heard of a book of poetry being called a page-turner, but I opened it when it arrived in the mail, expecting to just take a quick peek and read the rest as I had more time, and ended up sitting down and devouring it. Just gorgeous." —Goodreads Review
Teetering. To teeter. To wobble, toddle, sway. From Old Norse titra, meaning shake, shiver. From titra to titter to teeter–an unsteady waver; indecision. The teeter-totter I shared with my sister had a curved half-moon base instead of a teeterboard placed upon a fulcrum. Neighborhood kids flocked to our yard. Neighborhood kids flocked to our yard. […]
To have a writing process, one needs to be writing. I kept up as well as I could during the pandemic lockdown amidst all the stress and added work of remote learning for my school-aged children. After the release of Anything That Happens, I shifted my writing energy to marketing. Now that I’m in the […]