Skip to main content

Evening Sun a Widow's Journey - Poetry Chapbook

August 26, 2014 | Danville, California
A Widow's Journey through an Emotional Rollercoaster Ride
Through her poems in Evening Sun, Aline Soules reflects on her journey through widowhood, chronicling her emotions--despair, anger, longing, love, and reconciliation.  
She has been compelled to write about her emotional journey through widowhood over many years and now has a chance to share it. "Grief can draw us away from the world and into ourselves, but writing about the process helps to bring us back," says Aline.
This has also been a way for her to honor her husband. Their partnership was the greatest joy of her life and was grateful for their time together.
Aline shares:
"Voice is so important in writing. Yes, there are different stories or different poems or different essays, but the voice that threads through them is what makes the writer unique."   
Specific to Evening Sun and its emotional journey:
"While each of our grief journeys is unique, the widowed have something in common and I thought that these poems could resonate with others' experiences, perhaps helping people to feel less alone in their journeys."
I'd like to share one of her poems:
I've Changed My Mind
It's okay if you toss
your dirty coffee spoon
on the clean counter
or scatter grains of sugar
on the morning paper.
No problem if you leave your clothes in a heap,
the bed unmade.
Go ahead. Spatter
shaving cream
on the bathroom mirror.
let crumbs of styptic pencil
float to the floor.
Forget to flush
your secret cigarette butts
down the toilet.
I want to clean up after you,
scour bacon grease
off the stove, scrub
the ring out of the tub,
see your face in the mirror.
Aline Soules has an M.A. in English, an MFA in Creative Writing, and an M.S.L.S. in Library Science. She makes her living as a library faculty member at California State University, East Bay. She also teaches workshops, reads her work at events, runs an editorial business, and engages in professional voice work (reading and singing.)
For more information about her chapbook and other books:
Facebook: soulesa
Twitter: aline_elisabeth


Popular posts from this blog

Interview With Author Aline Soules

May 23, 2012

1) Please tell us about you and your book. What is the genre? What's the book about? (If you have any websites or other links, please post them).

My book is a collection of prose poems and flash fiction pieces that both stand alone and work together to create a universal woman. Each piece begins with "A woman" and a verb and continues from there. My goal was to emphasize the complexity of a woman and communicate that to my readers. The pieces express a range of emotions, stretch from the elements of daily life to the fantastical, and connect a woman to the world. I begin with a piece that breaks everything apart, after which, each piece examines one aspect of the prism that I split. One of the best compliments I received about my book was from a male writer, Al Garrotto, who provided a blurb for my book, but later wrote an unsolicited review on his blog. He wrote: "Every man who cares about a woman at any level of relationship will come away enr…

On Writing Chase Scenes

By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Author of The Frugal Editor, the winning-est in her award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers

This article is excerpted from some editing I did for a writer of experimental fiction when I was on a Greater Los Angeles Writers Society panel writer of any genre can apply these suggestions to the chase, getaway, or high action scene in your script or manuscript before you send it to an agent or publisher or, better still, while you are writing the first draft. 

Sometimes even the most fascinating, interesting and irresistible detail can slow down the forward movement of your story. So as much as writers are told that detail is important, purge as much as you can from your action scenes and put it somewhere else or dribble it into narrative in other places in your manuscript. In the process, ask yourself if your reader really needs to know the color of the protagonist’s eyes. As important as detail is, some is better left to the imagination of the r…

She found the courage

Read more. "The most important investment we can make is in our children; therefore, I'm thrilled my messages are presented to children in The Surprise Circus." –Les Brown, motivational speaker.from the Foreword When the circus doesn't come to her town, six-year-old Aria is disappointed. She calls the ringmaster of the circus and asks him to send the circus, but he doesn't. Instead, the craziest things start to happen!

Every week, the ringmaster sends Aria a package—each containing an amazing circus character. But Aria has to put the circus characters in the backyard because each one does something very silly that upsets her mommy and daddy: the magician hides her baby sister, the strongman lifts all the furniture, and the juggler throws everything, even her baby sister, in the air, and the fire eater burns the curtains.

The circus people ask Aria to become their ringmaster, but she isn't sure she is brave enough to speak in front of lots of people. Aria star…