Thursday, May 1, 2014

101-year-old Colorado Springs poet to receive award

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 11:52 AM

click to enlarge A scene from Hayna's 100th birthday celebration. She's in the white cardigan, left. - SCREENSHOT
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  • A scene from Hayna's 100th birthday celebration. She's in the white cardigan, left.

Colorado Springs' Lois Beebe Hayna, a former Pikes Peak Poet Laureate and champion of Poetry West, has written beautiful poetry for most of her life, and continues to do so at 101 years old. For that, the Colorado Authors League will award her its Lifetime Achievement Award on May 8 at a $50 banquet in Denver.

Looking back among her eight books, it's well deserved. Here's how reporter William Porter describes her writing in the Denver Post:

"Hayna writes muscular verse addressing the big questions: life, death, how we live on this Earth. Suffused with a sense of wonder and razor-keen observations about the natural world, her vivid poems are driven by an overriding leanness of tone."

Here's a favorite from her 2008 book Keeping Still, titled "Lost in the Village":
where I grew up, I escaped into
a city. Nothing lovelier
had ever happened than
this anonymity.

I followed
curious streets, read books
at random, sat a long time
by the lake.
Nobody frowned that I wasted my days.

Surrounded
by strangers,
I led my private exciting life in streets
I didn't know names for,
in buildings
that asked no questions

and while nobody noticed
I fell into who I was.

Lois Beebe Hayna 100th Birthday Celebration from PPLD TV on Vimeo.


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