Here is a unique signature for the poetic landscape. A cloudburst of an anthology which comes from the works of many of the poets who have been part of the CLOUDBURST COUNCIL that has met for the past five years at the Gell Center, a site in the Bristol Hills. Met among the green hills which are part of the Finger Lakes Watersheds. When the last glaciers gave up their grip and melted back North, a grasping hand held on and gorged out the beautiful fingers which became blue lakes. Lakes which reflect sky and clouds and a storm coming by too.
Never real big on “goals” when asked where the purpose lies in gathering together poems and poets, I reply that “I’m interested in gathering together ingredients, sort of throwing them in a pot and seeing what brews.” You could write a book about all the inspiration and friendship among poets that CLOUDBURST has generated. Maybe this anthology is a start.
Stephen Tills suggested to me we stop thinking about it and put together an anthology of poetry of the CLOUDBURST COUNCIL. He pointed out we had the human resources all in place. With David Landrey and Michael Czarnecki willing to help, it did seem possible. We invited every poet who had attended a council to submit a poem for the anthology from those they had presented there. We also accepted poems “in the spirit of CLOUDBURST.” The response was great and FootHills Press moved the ink and paper to publish the results.