|Madeline Defrees celebrates her 90th birthday at Elliott Bay with chocolate cake|
This morning I found a video made last year when Madeline Defrees was inducted into the University of Oregon's Hall of Achievement. The video is yet to be published publicly though you can watch it here. The photographs of Defrees as a child, a habited nun, and a smiling woman on the beach hold me captive.
This new web site set-up by Madeline's literary executor, Anne McDuffie, is a great gift to lovers of Defrees' work near and far.
Here is one of my favorite poems. One that shows that her work is deserving of a wider audience.
The question that he frames in all but words
Is what to make of a diminished thing.
Robert Frost, “The Oven Bird”
After your letter arrived I left the oven on
all night and never once
put my head in it. After your letter arrived
I let one foot follow the other
through the better part of the day.
Your letter lay on the kitchen table by the paring
knife on the stoneware plate with the apple core
like a Dutch still life restored to its muted color.
To contiue reading this poem click here.