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EskieMama Reads Sunday Spotlight w/Giveaway: Places and Times by Arthur Turfa

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Today we are spotlighting Arthur Turea's 
Places And Times

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Q & A with Arthur Turea about Places and Times

Tell us about Places and Times.
When I started writing poetry again, quite a few memories came back to me and I reflected on the person I became today. I also became more aware of my surroundings, and some things that confirmed some of the decisions I made.

What initially inspired you to write Places and Times?
A friend and fellow poet, Joanna Kurowska, told me my poetry was good enough to be published. That started me thinking about putting some things in order.

What was the hardest part of writing Places and Times?
Sorting through several decades of places and events, and trying to find those moments where something crystallized.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
There were several. I enjoyed writing “Three Woods” and the sonnet cycles about Penn State and Würzburg, Germany.

What are your future project(s)?
I am trying to have a second manuscript published. I am scheduling more readings and signing also. On Google+ I am either an Owner or Moderator at three poetry communities.

Now a sneak peek of a poem from Places and Times!

At times I want to ride
At times I want to ride a chestnut horse
over wide, undulating, endless steppes,
with hooves pounding out a staccato beat,
our heads lowered to enhance speed,
pointing toward the elusive white stag
ever within our sight, ever out of reach,
leading to verdant valley far away.

Years ago I only kept the gas tank half-full
in my ’72 Duster slant 6.
Great was the temptation to drive beyond
the mountains hazy with residual smog,
looming as I dropped from the 55
on slender concrete ribbon down to the
San Diego Freeway towards Irvine.
The time had not come for me to leave.

Now my life no longer fits into a car.
The white stag has blended into the mists
and I am content to be where I am.
Dismounting, I set the horse to pasture
and sit sheltered by the tall pine trees.

Arthur Turfa, Places and Times ©2015

Bio: From Pittsburgh to South Carolina, Arthur Turfa has travelled and lived in many places. These form the core of his poetry, along with people he has met. His influences are Eliot, Auden, and Rilke, to name a few. He has also written history, which permeates his other writing. His poetry appears in several journals, and now in book form. 

A second-generation American, Turfa appreciates his roots and looks to the future. His careers in the Church, education, and military have given him many experiences. Currently he lives wiht his family in the Midlands of South Carolina. 
Many things inspire him, from a field near his home, to the Brandenburg Gate, or from a painting to a person influenced him

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