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ImageIn The Stars Shine Bright FBI agent Raleigh Harmon goes undercover at Emerald Downs racetrack to find out why racehorses keep dying and hopefully salvage her career which is under intense scrutiny by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility. Her work creates tension between Raleigh and her fiancé DeMott who wants her to give up her work and return to Virginia with him.

Sibella Giorello creates a suspenseful and engaging mystery rich in poetic imagery. Raleigh is a complex character whose desire for truth and justice doesn’t always fit into the meticulous procedural protocol the FBI expects from her. She is out there in the field among tragedy and crime while most of the higher ups behind their desks only have an eye for protocol.

Beloved literature professor Laurence Perrine said in his book Literature: Structure, Sound and Sense “The ambiguity and multiplicity of meanings that words have are an obstacle to the scientist but a resource to the poet.” Both The Mountains Bow Down and The Stars Shine Bright are interesting and enjoyable stories that use poetry to talk about science. Author, Sibella Giorello uses a geologists’ vocabulary to guide her word choice. This gives the story’s narrator a distinct voice. Thematically, the story focuses on juxtaposing the value of human rights and animal rights against a backdrop of financial and career crisis.

The Stars Shine Bright will challenge the readers’ value of human life in spite of the costs using the richness of poetry to talk about the science of truth and justice. I’m glad I read it.

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The Artist’s Way Creative Cluster Monthly Meeting (wow thats a long name…suggestions?) hosted writer/mythologist Connie Shade’s Poetry Workshop last Sunday.  I feel my vocabulary is bigger and my sense of poetic freedom greater as well. It was great fun to explore words together. After playing with word combinations a bit we began collaborating and between the 5 of us we ended up composing a poem. This is my first collaborative poem and it was very enjoyable to see creativity flow from everyone in the room and pool together to create something new. So here it is a collaborative poem by: Connie Shade, John Moses, Bill Gascoyne, Rick Pitts and myself.

 

Bring me opalescent shadows of feeling

dancing upon the moonlight

Whispering secrets and shadows cast by

yesterdays sunlight

Hinting at tomorrow, a two way window

Janus gazes from here now to then before

The door opens pushing and pulling and the sun rises

 

If you are interested in finding out more about Janus, the mythological figure in the poem click here.

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