Local author publishes book of poetry
Franklin resident Lynne Kemen is celebrating the launch of her largely upstate-inspired, full-length poetry collection, “Shoes for Lucy.”
The 121-page book, released Oct. 25, is published by Southern Collective Experience and will be available locally at the Green Toad at 198 Main St. in Oneonta, and Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills in Treadwell later this month.
Kemen, a retired Hunter College psychology teacher, said “Shoes for Lucy” follows and includes her chapbook, “More than a Handful.” Both, she said, came after a roughly 50-year hiatus from writing.
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Praise for Shoes for Lucy
Lynne Kemen’s Shoes for Lucy is a beautiful and relatable collection of poems that explores a wide range of emotions. From grief to rediscovery, Kemen writes with a deft hand, creating vibrant and introspective pieces that remind us to cherish life’s simple pleasures.
Kelli Russell Agodon
Author of Dialogues with Rising Tides (Copper Canyon Press)
Shoes for Lucy is like a beautiful summer storm on the porch – bursts of light, cool breeze, fragments of childhood dreams, and echoes spreading out in all directions.
Jack B. Bedell
Author of Against the Woods’ Dark Trunks, Poet Laureate of Louisiana, 2017-2019
A genre-bending powerhouse of a collection. A spare, artful blend of poetry and fiction, Kemen combines masterful storytelling with lyrical prowess. A bit Oliver, a bit Forster, and a bit Bass, Kemen deftly invokes her literary heroes, while inking her heart on her sleeve. “I go outside and touch my flowers and wish it was you,” she longingly writes. Penned in the beautiful voice of a wise and witty friend.
Author of Poems for the People and Something Kindred