Estella Lauter & Nancy Rafal
Estella Lauter and Nancy Rafal will read a selection of poems from Soundings: Door County in Poetry (Caravaggio Press, 2015) and talk about the collective process of making an anthology about this complex place.
Estella Lauter served as Poet Laureate of Door County from 2013-2015. In that role, she initiated the Door County Poets Collective that published Soundings in May 2015. She has published three chapbooks with Finishing Line Press and is currently co-editing the WFOP Calendar for 2017.
Highs and Lows
A late start, yet we fly
euphorically from Ephraim
on a broad reach to Rock Island
with only the jibsail, arriving
after the sky has turned black.
Lightning flashes off our stern
but the old stone boathouse
behind its cement breakwater
will not come into focus,
safety promised on the chart
but not attainable, until
a thoughtful sailor lights his mast,
shows us the long end of the dock
and waves us in with his flash.
-- Estella Lauter
Previously published in Estella Lauter, The Essential Rudder—North Channel Poems (Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, 2008).
Nancy Rafal has lived in Door County longer than any other place else on the globe. She is an advocate for poetry around the state and was treasurer of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets for a long run. She keeps stalling on putting together a solo chapbook but her work has appeared in publications including issues of the Wisconsin Poets Calendar, Big Scream 54, and, of course, Soundings.