Teche Center for the Arts presents a dramatic reading of poet Clare L. Martin’s newly-published book, Crone, on Friday, Jan 25, at 6:30 p.m. The stage will be set to explore mystical womanhood and the supernatural and natural worlds. Crone visits the cycles of life in its narrative through the voice of the Crone and the voice of her maiden apprentice. Bessie Senette will embody the “Crone” and Clare L. Martin will appear as the “Maiden” who learns secrets of life, birth, the body, spirit, and death that only the Crone possesses. Copies of Crone will be available for purchase and a book-signing will follow the performance.
Light hors-d’oeuvres will be served. Beer, wine, and sodas will be available for purchase at the no-host bar. Admission is $5.00 which supports TCA’s mission to educate and enliven through arts, educational programs, and the preservation and promotion of Cajun and Creole culture. Tickets can be purchased at the door or through the form below.
Praise for Crone, available from Nixes Mate Books:
“Clare Martin’s Crone is a feast for eyes and ears, seductive in its use of both imagery and sound. Celebrating the sometimes terrifying, sometimes life-giving teachings of the wise woman, Crone evokes a woman’s coming-to-power, an epic “cronesong” of spells and potions in the form of poetry.” —Sheryl St.Germain, author of The Small Door of Your Death.
Clare Martin’s Crone glows equal parts magic, music, and muscle. Her lines are laced with ambergris and jasmine, ghosts and wolfbreath. I would call Martin’s art a gorgeous dream, but that would ignore the blood, bone, and heart that drive this book at its core. Crone is the creation of a poet at the height of her powers, in full voice, and mesmerizing. Immerse yourselves in these lines, friends. You’ll rise from their waters cleansed and awed.
—Jack B. Bedell, author of No Brother, This Storm, Poet Laureate, State of Louisiana, 2017-2019
“Clare L. Martin is a mysterious spellcaster. Crone is a lush and dizzying monster of a poem. Coming through it made me see the world anew.
—Luis Alberto Urrea, author of House of Broken Angels