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“Saying What I Really Mean”: A Presentation by Clem Schoenebeck on his new book, Where the Time Went: Poems at Eighty
June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
“Poetry has gifted me in unexpected ways. I will always remember how wonderful it felt, seeing some of my early poems published in a journal. I thought I’d “arrived!” In fact, it was only the beginning. Eventually, with the encouragement of some wonderful teachers, my writing guided me toward unfinished business with my schizophrenic mother. Eleven years after she died, my words brought healing between us.
It’s about truth and connection. I can’t have one without the other.
The most rewarding gift is in sharing words about a joy or sadness; a sunrise; a grandchild’s wisdom; the magic of my first baseball mitt. When I see a listener smiling, nodding in affirmation or telling me, ‘yes, I get it. I know what you mean,’ we are connected. That is the biggest gift of all.”
Clemens Carl Schoenebeck has had poems published in The Aurorean, Midwest Poetry Review, Caribbean Writer, Ibbetson Street Press, Small Brushes/Adept Press and other publications. Four of his poems had been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. He and his daughter, Kristen, were named featured poets of Aurorean‘s December issue in 2000. Schoenebeck’s short stories have won various prizes in Writer’s World, Marblehead Festival of Arts and, in 2012, his winning poem was selected for The Marcia Doehner Award and his winning short story was awarded the first Georgette Beck Award. Dancing with Fireflies is a memoir of Schoenebeck’s family living through the darkness and light of his mother’s schizophrenia, and how poetry brought hope and healing. His recent collection of poetry, Where the Time Went: Poems at Eighty, was published by Encircle Publications and was nominated for The Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry, and Foreword INDIES Book of the Year. Schoenebeck lives on the North Shore of Boston with his wife, Bonnie. His daughter’s family lives nearby.