Artist: Cynthia J. Iannaccone

In Greco-Roman mythology, Demeter was the goddess of agriculture whose daughter Persephone was carried off by Hades, the Lord of the Underworld. According to the myth, the six (some versions have seven) pomegranate seeds she ate corresponded to each month she spent in the realm of the dead.

I have created a persona, Demetrio, whose name is the masculine, Spanish derivative of Demeter and means “follower of the Earth Mother.” My second poetry collection, Demetrio’s Scythe: A Suite of Elegies, to be published by FootHills this spring, takes the reader on a musical and botanical journey.

Although I have never used a scythe, lived on a farm or had anything more than a window garden, the reader will find plenty of symbolic references to nature. I will read along with poets Steve Tills, Sally Bittner Bonn, and Patricia Roth Schwartz on Sun, April 15th. The event begins at 2 pm and will be held at the Phelps Arts Center in Phelps, New York.

Click on the following link for directions to the Phelps Arts Center: http://g.co/maps/7gxx9

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