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 […]
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.
When: Sunday, September 12, 2021
Where: Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC
I'm honored to be included in the upcoming anthology Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath, published by Press 53. I'll read my poem "Bagpipe Parade, NYC, 11 September 2002" alongside other NC poets at the launch. Stay tuned for more opportunities to hear NC poets read throughout the state.
Bookmarks 16th Annual Festival of Books & Authors
When: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Host: Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC
Attend: In-person and Online
Details to come!
Anything That Happens
"[Anything That Happens is] a potent collection that invites readers to walk in Cheryl's shoes. And, it provides traction for assessing and moving beyond these poignant and powerful moments of quiet desperation." -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"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
It’s fitting to think about how I put order to Anything That Happens. Since its publication, my daily life has unraveled. I’m scattered, or is it that I’m feeling pulled in different directions. It’s summer. Post(?) pandemic. In my family sphere, there is a lot of movement and growth around me as I remain stationary. […]
On Tuesday, March 23rd, I celebrated Anything That Happens with a virtual book launch. (Watch it here.) There were thoughtful, engaging questions from the audience. Due to time constraints, some questions weren’t addressed or didn’t receive thorough answers. For the next handful of blog posts, I’m going to answer these questions in more detail. What […]