From Rochester Radar, November 3, 2017:
While she is a pharmacist by profession, Rochester resident Carla Desrosiers also has a deep love of writing, a craft that she believes is particularly essential to our well-being at present. “When there are endless sources of news and information coming at us from all angles, what we as a society really need is something that poets have always provided: interpretation, insight, and an understanding that bridges the material to the mystical,” she explains.
Desrosiers has been a featured reader at Rochester Writer’s Night, The Hill Library in Strafford, and the Water Street Bookstore in Exeter. She is a member of the New Hampshire Poetry Society, and a number of her poems have been published in the Society’s magazine The Poets’ Touchstone.
In celebration of Halloween, Desrosiers provided us with this playful poem about one of our favorite seasonal traditions. Her description of the pumpkin carving process, with its succinct rhyme and repetition, brings to mind the chant of the witches in Macbeth (“double, double, toil and trouble”) — casting a slightly ominous tone over this deceptively straightforward poem and hinting at a deeper tension between the traditional and the contemporary that may be bubbling under the surface.
Electric candlelight within —
The convenience is high,
And there’s certainly less
Of a seedy, pulpy, pumpkin mess...
And drawing the face,
And deciding the smile —
Blunt teeth or jagged?
(This takes a while)
Avoiding a slip
Giggles and laughs
Make it hard to grip.
Find the candle it needs
Then roasting the seeds...
Did I say I prefer the ceramic one?
The truth is... a real pumpkin’s much more fun!
O’Connor, a New York native, recently settled in Rochester after obtaining her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of New Hampshire. Her work has recently appeared in “The Fourth River,” “Stone Canoe,” “Paper Nautilus,” “So to Speak,” “Arsenic Lobster,” and the “Santa Ana River Review,” among other publications. She is also a former poetry editor of the online literary journal “Barnstorm.”
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