A poem by Monmouth College English professor Mary Bruce will appear in the anthology “Jane’s Stories IV: Bridges and Borders.”
As part of the book launch for the anthology on Oct. 5 at Chicago’s Women and Children First Bookstore, Bruce will read the poem, which is titled “Ashes to Ashes and So What.” The bookstore is located at 5233 N. Clark St.
“I feel quite honored,” said Bruce, who wrote the poem last November. Just released from radiation treatment for breast cancer, she had attended a student poetry reading, which inspired the poem, which she says is “about time and recognizing that one can waste the sweetness of life by trying to figure out why bad things happen. (Despite the title), it’s not about growing old, or even death. It’s about the futility of trying to philosophize into understanding.”
Part of the poem reads: “Surprisingly, a smell of coffee perking drifts upstairs. I’ve forgotten to change its timer, just as I’ve forgotten to adjust for all kinds of time. Too soon it will be dawn. Too soon it will be all kinds of things.”