Poetry. THE CARDS WE'VE DRAWN is divided into two sections: the first consists of a Celtic Cross style reading of eleven Tarot cards, their descriptions followed by a first person narrator ruminating on his life's relationship to the cards. An explanation of this Tarot reading style can be found in Arthur Rider-Waite's A Pictorial Key to the Tarot, from which many of the first eleven poems' titles have been adapted. The second section consists of nine sonnets and quatorzains that address the speaker's life after the cards. Detailed descriptions of the sonnetto- rispetto form and of the various other sonnets and quatorzains employed throughout this chapbook can be found in Lewis Putnam Turco's The Book of Forms, A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms, Revised and Expanded Fourth Edition. While some of the poems in this chapbook have been inspired by my life, I do not consider the work to be autobiographical in nature.
Scot Slaby, a teacher and poet, earned his MA in Writing (Poetry) from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he was named an Outstanding Graduate in 2009, and his BA in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis from Hartwick College in 1998. His poems have appeared in The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics Including Odd and Invented Forms, Unsplendid, Verse Wisconsin, and elsewhere in print and online. For the past twelve years, he has taught writing to high school and community college students in and near Frederick County, Maryland, where he lives with his wife and children.Author City: THURMONT, MD USA