Writers of a poetry book, The Untidy Season, will be in North Platte Saturday to appear at Open Mic Nite at A to Z Books.The Untidy Season is an anthology of Nebraska women poets. One of the editors, Heidi Hermanson of Omaha, said several of the poets will descend upon and bring merriment to Open Mic Nite.
The book celebrates and subverts the 'typical' Nebraska experience, the 'typical' experience of motherhood and the 'typical' experience of womanhood, according to Amazon.com.
Hermanson has been published in a long list of publications, including Midwest Quarterly, Hiram Poetry Review and the Omaha World Herald (”Nebraska On A Dollar a Day.”) She organized the first poets' Chautauqua at the Nebraska State Fair.
Hermanson holds a masters degree of fine arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She hosts an Open Mic Nite in Omaha.
A reader wrote this about the book on Amazon:
“This is an unusual collection of poems, the selection of which is based on the writer being 1) female and 2) from or closely connected to Nebraska. The poems are all quite short, mostly under one page. They cover a broad range of topics from cancer in a parent, to describing a room, season, prairie, or emotion, to true love, to bad marriages, to rejecting a marriage proposal, to lesbian love (only two and not graphic).”
“The hours I spent browsing this book were rewarded with several poems of great depth, great emotional portrayal and passion,” the reader wrote.
One of the four editors of The Untidy Season wrote of the book, “I suppose my own aesthetic leads me to be drawn to work that challenges 'typical,' but much of the work we experienced over that year of reading submissions forced me to engage with my own stereotypes and see inside them."
“The poems are not as tidy as the rows of corn and rolling plains that define much of our landscape, bent on breaking and mending your heart in the same breath," said reviewer Sally Deskins, a writer and artist.
The poets will read from their works around 8 p.m. They will sign copies of The Untidy Season and offer them for sale for $16.
Open Mic Nite will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. A to Z Books is downtown at 507 N. Jeffers. George Lauby and Sharon Owen are the hosts.