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Showing posts with label Barry Beall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Barry Beall. Show all posts

Saturday, August 8, 2009

My deepest appreciation to you all

It is with great humility and appreciation that I address the many writers who came to honor Barry today at the Memorial Service for him in Hayesville, NC at the Hayesville First United Methodist Church. Barry enjoyed our writing events and especially enjoyed photographing our members. Often he grew tired of my incessant talking about Netwest, and I'd have to think of other things to discuss. I know Barry was smiling and enjoying your coming today, knowing you all would rather be at home writing something to submit on Monday.
.Many have asked. I do plan to stay in Hayesville and I plan to continue with my life, my writing, my work with Netwest as Clay County Rep, and seeing all of you whenever I can.
Your support during this difficult time has been and continues to be gratefully accepted. Thanks to all.

Monday, August 3, 2009

BARRY AND GLENDA BEALL: A Celebration

Barry and Glenda Beall right away made me feel comforrtable in their presence. I can't recall which Netwest event it was. A reading? A picnic? No matter. I felt I'd known them all my life. When I found out they were originally from my childhood neck of the woods, SW Georgia, I counted them pretty close to family. Glenda's poems for Barry are among her best and made me like him all the more. He was what we call "salt of the earth," a person who was open to all sorts of things in the world around him, especially if his wife cared about those things. Consequently, Barry was a steadfast supporter of Netwest. I liked him tremendously, and I know all of us in the WNC literary community will feel his absence each time we come together. Glenda's new chapbbok will arrive a little too late for Barry to see, although he had already seen the poems and had celebrated their acceptance by Finishing Line Press. When at last we hold the book in our hands and read the poems, we will feel Barry's presence. He will be looking over our shoulders, giving the poems, and Glenda, a thumbs up!

Kay Byer

Thursday, July 16, 2009

NOW MIGHT AS WELL BE THEN by Glenda Council Beall

Finishing Line Press is taking pre-orders for Now Might As Well Be Then, poetry chapbook by Glenda Council Beall, Program Coordinator for Netwest since 2007.


It is the second book on the page of new releases coming out in October.


This book is dedicated to her husband, Barry Beall, who was an unofficial member of Netwest as he made many of the photos at writing events, for articles, and of members that are used in publicity today.


Like William Wordsworth, Glenda Beall was raised knowing well the "yoke of earth," how the fields, pastures and woodlands yield both beauty and terror. Her evocations of being a daughter in the deep South, growing up on a farm, riding her mare, witnessing death and tragedy, as well as joy and fruitfulness, ring absolutely true. She gives us love poems from a mature woman's perspective, too, and poems that celebrate the vistas and culture of the mountains where she now lives. Every poem pulses with detail that brings life back to us in all its varied detail and music. The "yoke of earth" is also the poet's yoke, and she bears it gladly. --- Kathryn Striping Byer, NC Poet Laureate