Beneath Green Rain by Elizabeth Raby
Book Launch! Sunday, March 8, 2015 @ 5 PM
Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, Santa Fe
The deftly rendered poems of Raby’s new collection are a powerful testament to a life fully lived (and, of course, “fully living”). They are paeans to the magical people/animals/things which are integral to human fullness: to childhood memories; to the family dog, Caesar; to a father who spent more time with books and collections than his growing children; to a giving mother brave in life and death; to long deceased grandparents; to the incessant longing for children and grandchildren too far away for frequent visits; and to old poets. Raby’s poetic forays into the natural world, of which there are many, are especially insightful and memorable sketches of bears, snapping turtles, hummingbirds, juncos, mourning doves, house finches, deer, squirrels, and mountain lions. Few poets writing today can match Raby in capturing, with accessible yet exquisite language, the joy, mystery, and fleeting beauty of simply being “alive.”
Larry D. Thomas, Member, Texas Institute of Letters, 2008 Texas Poet Laureate
Elizabeth Raby is the author of a four-generation memoir in prose and poetry, Ransomed Voices, (Red Mountain Press, 2013) which received an award from New Mexico Press Women; three full-length poetry collections from vacpoetry.org, The Year the Pears Bloomed Twice, Ink on Snow, and This Woman, a finalist for the 2013 Arizona-New Mexico Book Award; a co-author of a bi-lingual chapbook in English and Romanian, and three additonal chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. Raby received the Elmer Kelton Award for poetry from Angelo State University in 2010. She has lived in Santa Fe, NM since 2000 where she and her husband, Jim Raby, conduct an open poetry reading at Teatro Paraguas the first Monday of each month. Ms. Raby is on the board of New Mexico Literary Arts, an organization that encourages the imaginative use of language and creates opportunities for the integration of the literary arts with other art forms throughout the state.