“A well-seen, well-heard life, both wry and sweet, the occasional abyss no longer off-limits. An invitation to seek out beginnings and endings, with the possible discovery that, at long last, there aren’t any.
Child, drowned by an alligator at Disney World, August 2016.
after Dylan Thomas
My fail-safe psalm
fails. No shepherd there
beside still waters. Only
baby steps, bliss
of wet sand, small hands
busy at scoop and pail
in tall reeds where
hinged daggers glide,
lunge, stretch open wide
Audrey Rooney, three times a Kentucky dweller, now living in Lexington, recalls a life filled with words. Her mother was a published poet in Cleveland, where Audrey was born in 1938.
As a journalist she has published in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Kentucky. She is a trained soprano, still sings, and her watercolors and drawings hang in collections here and abroad.
Undergraduate philosophy studies, two postgraduate forays (MA in art history, doctorate in history), a long marriage, a daughter and a son, their daughter and sons, clusters of wondrous friends – all tinctured with loss and discovery – inform her poems. In 2016 Accents Press published her collection, Fountains for Orpheus.