- The world is better place because of poetry.
That's our belief, anyway.
Drumlummon Institute is an educational nonprofit in Helena, Montana devoted to the preservation and production of Montana Literature. Last year, we raised funds to publish the last poems of Butte poet Ed Lahey, which turned out beautifully:
But one of the best parts of that project was meeting his ex-wife, Marylor Wilson, who is a fine poet in her own right (one of her poems, "His Unsung Gift," a poem written for Ed, closes the text of Moving On).
Drumlummon Institute is honored to be trusted with the responsibility of bringing Marylor's collection of poetry to the world, but we need your help to make it happen.
Summer Lightning is a moving, heartfelt collection of authentic poems and will make a worthy addition to your shelf of Montana literature. Here's an example from the manuscript, A poem called "Girls Without Fathers":
Girls Without Fathers
for the same meat,
we didn't have yesterday
or the day before.
Friendly as we seem,
we're not good prospects:
in an ardent moment we might strain out of your arms
toward a far-fetched window
for the savor of him,
without a word.
We would not reveal to you
this steadfast hunger.
You'd be all alone
with an apologetic stranger.
So if you are father to a girl
or hope to be some day,
Summer Lightning is a collection of poetry of raw emotion and uncomplicated presentation. We think you'll agree that this is a Montana voice that should be heard. Here's another short poem that cuts to the heart of hunger in a handful of short lines and a few haunting images:
A hungry woman
eyes her empty bowl,
prays to starve desire.
Her cells no longer live on grain
but on the carbohydrate of mirage.
In every face she faces,
impossibly good soup
Your contribution to this project will ensure that these poems become a book of poetry that you will want to pull down from the shelf and read again and again.
We're not asking for a handout: your contribution (depending of which reward you opt for) assures that you will receive a copy of the finished product--a first edition printing of Summer Lightning!
Please visit drumlummoninstitute.org to see examples of other books we've produced. We think you'll agree that production values matter and that good literature deserves to be preserved in books that display well and invite readers.
We set a goal of $2500, which is the bare minimum to cover the cost of designing, laying out, and printing Summer Lightning in a handsome edition worthy of Marylor Wilson's words.
We are grateful for your love of literature and we appreciate your contribution to this project, which will make this book a reality.
Risks and challenges
We know from experience that printing a book often involves unforeseen challenges, but we also know from experience that determination to see a worthy book in print is more than half the battle. We accept that difficulties will arise, but we know that problems can be solved, that patience and perseverance pay off, and that staying focused on the end result leads to success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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