At a Sunday afternoon gathering of friends, educators and fellow writers, Mobile County author Betty Spence launched her latest book of poetry, "Traces of Presence."
The salon to celebrate the publication of Traces was held January 25 at the home of Drs. Sue and Ron Walker. The book is published by Sue Walker's Negative Capability Press; the cover and interior design is by Ngim Tang.
At the congenial meeting, Spence paid particular homage to Dr Walt Darring, her professor and mentor from the University of South Alabama. And to the enjoyment of the crowd, she read several of her favorite selections from the book, including "Hospital Volunteer" and "Ghost Bike."
One delightful entry, "The Richer for It," is a composition that Spence termed a "found poem" because, she said, "I haven't traveled much or seen a lot of things," so poems like these are musings created after her study of the works of other artists (this one is subtitled After May Sarton, "Coming into Eighty.")
Spence lives in the Crawford community near Semmes. In addition to her writing, she is a public speaker and workshop presenter; she can be reached at 251-649-4892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.