Hello from The Avocet – A Wednesday Showcase for Snow Hangs on the Branches of Evergreens – by Stuart Radowitz #ReadingWithTheAuthors #PoetryPlace

Stuart P. Radowitz, a Long Island poet, has had a long and successful career in business and education. He is presently an instructor in the English Department at Molloy College, teaching creative writing and critical reading classes.

Stuart looks to nature as a canvas for spirituality and a portal to our souls. His travels have influenced much of his writings. Stuart has been published in various literary journals and has read his poems throughout the New York area including his poem “Closer to God” at Bethany French Baptist Church in Jamaica, NY in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his poem “Peconic Bay” at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington, NY in honor of Walt Whitman’s Bicentennial. He also participated in poetry readings for Poets in Nassau, Bards Initiative’s annual book launch, Nassau County Poet Laureate Society’s annual book launch, Mid-Island Y JCC’s poetry reading series, Performance Poets Association, and the Molloy College poetry series.

Stuart has his master’s degree in creative writing and literature from Colorado State University and has studied as an undergraduate at Syracuse University with W. D. Snodgrass, Philip Booth, and Donald Justice.

He lives with his wife Sherry, Violet the cat, two aquatic turtles (Mr. & Mrs. T), and his giant 60lb. tortoise, Snuffy. His daughter Stephanie, her husband Dave, granddaughter Emily, and grandson Ryan live in the Connecticut hills.

Snow Hangs on the Branches of Evergreens

I fell in love with you

over and over again

until finally it was time

for breakfast. Since I mostly eat

oatmeal with blueberries, there were

no waffles or pancakes to share.

Though if you had said, let’s have waffles,

I would have, just to be closer to you.

The distance between us will always be there,

breakfast, lunch, the base of the Eiffel Tower,

the canals of St. Petersburg.

Running at 7 a.m. on the cobblestones

alongside old Amsterdam canals,

I step to avoid the bicycling city.

We should have had the waffles and not

argued. We should have gone further south

before heading north.

Snow hangs on the branches of evergreens

and outlines the bottom of my window.

When I look into your eyes

I see New Hampshire, Connecticut, a small valley,

a wood shingled house setback from the heartache

of life. All those pins that prick your heart

disappear.

Crystal Lake, CT.

for Jesse

Daylight wakes me

up and out and into the

what? Where am I going again?

Why does it always happen this way?

Monday morning, crystal clear air, crystal

lake out behind my house. The path

down to the boathouse slips with

rocks and loose dirt.

Every day is always like this. Up

and out, without you

all I can see are clouds.

All I can hear is your laugh.

Your eyes, blue gray exploding with life,

your shirt unbuttoned,

hair greased back,

that laugh, those eyes.

I hear you say, I’ll be back

in a few minutes.

Heavy steps down the stairs,

the door slams.

Daylight drifts away, brings you back.

I can still remember that white car,

your olive skin,

waking without you.

The White Farmhouse

The farmhouse was white, surrounded

thirteen acres, mostly open, some wooded.

A small pond, an acre and a half

in the back, a well

one hundred fifty feet deep.

Drinking water flowed up

from an ancient underground stream.

Deer knew it was a safe place to graze.

A red fox often loped by,

as if going somewhere.

When you said hello this morning,

I kissed your shoulder.

Our house is warm, though in the winter

it was not always so.

Thursday a gray dove landed under the white pine.

She was looking for a safe place to die.

Friday morning she had moved nearer to the pond

to a place where two sections of fence meet.

When you said good night I went out,

put my finger in the well and touched

the rough damp brick.

The red fox came by again

but did not touch the dove.

No one was hungry enough to eat.

Reviews of Snow Hangs on the Branches of Evergreens

“In Snow Hangs on the Branches of Evergreens, Stuart P. Radowitz gives the reader a remarkable gift, a gift of beautiful poems, each a sparkling faceted gem, evoking in ripples of memory the shadow architecture of life, each place a moment with all the contradictions of the natural world and all its inhabitants. There is magic here, for through these poems, Stuart takes the ephemeral and makes it immutable.”

Barbara Novack, Writer-in-Residence, Molloy College – Author of Dancing on the Rim of Light. Blue Light Press

“Beauty and pain. The Himalayas and Brooklyn. Love and loss. For those of us who have been blessed and challenged with life in modern developed America, Stuart P. Radowitz’s poems are a welcome and needed reminder of the preciousness of life and the interconnectedness of people, places, and memory. Snow Hangs on the Branches of Evergreens is a collection of places – on the map, at the beach, in the fields, in our hearts. The power of the collection is that each place, tenderly and sensitively offered to the reader, prompts a journey of discovery, to places unknown and as yet undiscovered. Emanating from a deep reservoir of physical and emotional experience, Stuart’s poems are a true gift.”

Edward J. Thompson, Co-Founder, Energeia Partnership and Vice President for Advancement, Molloy College

"When I first heard Stuart P. Radowitz read his poems, I was twenty-one years old. That night, I knew that if he published a book, I would want to read it. We all know that good poets get better over time – with wisdom, life experience, and careful attention to language. These poems speak the language of the heart with great fluency. This is the book I was waiting for all these years."

Diane Frank, Author of While Listening to the Enigma Variations

The book can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all major book distributors for $15.95. If anyone would like a signed copy direct from me, it is a $15 payment by check only.

Please email your request, stuartphilip777.

Thank you for your support, be well,

Stuart P. Radowitz – N. Bellmore, NY – stuartphilip777

About Patty L. Fletcher

Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. And as a Social Media Promotional Assistant. She is the owner and creator of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger Business Assist), and is the published author of two books, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life and Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye: Volume One. She can also be found in two anthologies which are, December Awethology Light And A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales. See her latest book, Pathway to Freedom Broken and Healed: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life Second Edition in eBook and Paperback at: https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG Find it in various accessible formats: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher See her Facebook business page: https://www.facebook.com/tellittotheworld/ Patty loves receiving feedback about her work. So, drop her a line any time at: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com
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2 Responses to Hello from The Avocet – A Wednesday Showcase for Snow Hangs on the Branches of Evergreens – by Stuart Radowitz #ReadingWithTheAuthors #PoetryPlace

  1. Thank you for this introduction to Stuart and his lovely poetry, Patty. Happy New Year to you.

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