With permission, I’m posting an interview published in the Mobile (AL) Press-Register. This is a blog about writing and Helen Norris Bell is one of the finest writers and poets I’ve had the privilege of knowing.
“Helen Norris, Alabama’s poet laureate from 1999 to 2003, turned 95 in June and now lives in Black Mountain, N.C., at a retirement farm. In September 2009, my husband and I took Helen some McIntosh apples. She had received pills by mail that day “for the brain.” She assured us that, like our apples, the pills would increase acetylcholine to improve memory and slow mental decline. When we started to leave, she demanded, “What are you doing for your brain, Kathleen?” I replied, “Not a thing, Helen.” “Here,” she said. “These will help.” She held out two bars of European dark chocolate and flashed her knowing smile.”
Read the rest of the interview here: http://is.gd/lO6fUq
Kathleen Thompson, the interviewer, is an accomplished writer and poet herself. She doesn’t mention Walk With the Sickle Moon, one of my favorite books by Helen. That’s another to add to your reading list.