Readings, signings set for Magdalena Library

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Magdalena poet Bruce Holsapple has just published his ninth collection of poems.

“Wayward Shadow” is a collection of poems he penned during the seven years he lived in Hop Canyon.

He will be reading selections from the book 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at the Magdalena Public Library. He said the poems “talk much about the landscape and about living in Magdalena, albeit not always directly.

“These poems were inspired by living in Hop Canyon, and also Abbe Springs,” Holsapple said. “They are very much about place, belonging to a place.”

Holsapple, who recently retired from Magdalena Schools where he was a speech-language pathologist for 12 years, has done poetry readings throughout New Mexico, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Placitas, as well as Magdalena. He has also recorded other New Mexico poets reading their poetry, archiving the collection on 55 compact disks.

Holsapple said he relocated to the Magdalena area years ago because of “the people, and having the wilderness so nearby.” The mountains and the desert are grounding, he said.

“Some of these poems relate to that, to being a solid person, not spread out all over the place,” he said. “It motivates you to evaluate your life in the context of the beauty of our surroundings.”

Wayward Shadow is published by La Alameda Press in Albuquerque.

Following his reading, Holsapple will be signing copies of the book.

Three other Magdalena authors will also be holding book signings on Saturday at the library: Steve Bodio, Tom Kelly and M.J. Sullivan.