Local poet submits anthology to Morgan County Library
The 2006 â€" 2007 edition of â€œThe Reach of Songâ€� reached the shelves of the Morgan County Library on Monday, August 6 when George C. Williams III, poet and Madison resident, presented a copy of the book to the library.
Williamsâ€™ poem, â€œStorm,â€� was included in the anthology, published annually by the Georgia Poetry Society.
â€œStormâ€� is, indeed, a descriptive poem about an oncoming thunderstorm. Williams wrote it earlier this year, though he didnâ€™t write it during a storm.
â€œI have what I call surges,â€� Williams said, of his inspiration in writing poems. â€œSometimes itâ€™s a phrase; sometimes itâ€™s just one word. I recognize when something is going to follow. Sometimes itâ€™s two or three poems.â€�
While â€œStormâ€� came to Williams while he was at home, there have been times he is inspired while heâ€™s out.
â€œThen, I write it on the back of my checkbook,â€� Williams said.
Williams said he has been in an eye doctorâ€™s examination room when a poem has come to him before.
Williams first published poem revealed itself to him after a conversation with his sister.
â€œMy sister and I were talking about my mom over the phone,â€� Williams said. â€œThatâ€™s when it came to me. It was the first poem I published, the first poem I sold.â€�
The poem was called â€œMamaâ€™s Song,â€� and it ran in last yearâ€™s edition of â€œThe Reach of Songâ€� as well as Lake Oconee Living magazine.
Regardless of where the idea comes to him, Williams plans to keep writing and publishing his poetry. And as long as he does, the Morgan County Library will be glad to take contributed anthologies from the local author.
â€œWeâ€™re always pleased to have local authors contribute to the library and itâ€™s a pleasure to have it (â€œThe Reach of Songâ€�),â€� Morgan County Library Manager Miriam Baker said.