Wednesday, January 29, 2014

An elusive life and words

In his books and essays, Pat Conroy often writes about his family. Of course, his father, The Great Santini, his tragic brother, and his sister Carol. Carol Conroy is a poet, she is very hard to find good information about that is not connected to her brother. She has published one hard to find book of poetry, and another very hard to find book of poems. If there is any of her poetry or stories in magazines and journals I've yet to find them.

The library I work at has a copy of her 1991 book, The Beauty Wars. As expected there are plenty of poems about her family. Plenty of poems about loss - "grief is a homesick ballad, and no place of clouds knowing what a cloud can see," is from The Craft of Dying, the first poem I saw when I cracked the book open.

There is a series or two of works about her father. Poems that have numbered stanzas that get in the way me finding something to feel.

Conroy is a skilled writer, but where is the rest of her work that her brother raves about while the two are estranged? I'd like to find more of that ground to try and connect with.


BrownSugar said...

Prince of Tides was an answer on Jeopardy this week. Is it wrong to dislike a contestant for the way they hold their buzzer?

Someone Said said...

We saw that, and no.

I took the test a couple of weeks ago, no call back.

BrownSugar said...

Apparently, I'm not the only one who dislikes him.

Someone Said said...

That dude got people to react!