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Blog Posted:9/22/2022 10:05:00 AM

This poetic prose gets it done - metphor/simile/personification/uncommon word parings and as it accidentally turns out/seasonally appropriate - she went to my local high school too - but check out these first paragraphs from a book you know well...

    Indian summer is like a woman. Ripe, hotly passionate, but fickle, she comes and goes as she pleases so that one is never sure whether she will come at all, nor how long she will stay.  In northern New England. Indian summer puts up a scarlet-tipped hand to hold winter back for a while. She brings with her the time of the last warm spell, an unchartered season which lives until Winter moves in with its backbone of ice and accoutrements of leafless trees and hard frozen ground. Those grown old, who have had life bled from them by the jagged edged winds of winter, know sorrowfully that Indian summer is a sham to be met with hard-eyed cynicism. But the young wait anxiously, scanning the chill autumn skies for a sign of her coming. And sometimes the old, against all the warnings of better judgement, wait with the young and hopeful, their tired winter eyes turned heavenward to seek the first traces of a false softening.
    One year, early in October, Indian summer came to a town called Peyton Place. Like a laughing, lovely woman Indian summer came and spread herself over the countryside and made everything hurtfully beautiful to the eye.
    The sky was low, of a solidly unbroken blue. The maples and oaks and ashes, all dark red and brown and yellow, preened themselves in the unseasonably hot light, under the Indian summer sun. The conifers stood like disapproving old men on all the hills around Peyton Place and gave off a greenish yellow light. On the roads and sidewalks of the town there were fallen leaves which made such a gay crackling when stepped upon and sent up such a sweet scent when crushed that it was only the very old who walked over them and thought of death and decay.


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Date: 9/24/2022 8:17:00 AM
Craig, wonderful paragraphs from the book, I will have to look for it, and thank you so much for sharing, blessings
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Date: 9/23/2022 8:58:00 AM
I'm old enough to recall the sensation her book made so long ago. When we were kids, it was passed around like fodder for the curious, adolescent mind, including my own, and seemed scandalous at the time.Yes, the movie version would seem soapy, so laced with melodrama by today's standards, but left a lasting impression on me. (I can still hum the theme song). Wow, I've never appreciated the skill of the writer until now! Thank you for sharing & reviving a memory of long ago.It may be time to reread,experience the beauty of words, with older eyes, this hush-hush book we hid from teachers and parents! So, she came from your town? Wow! Amazing. A writer I never truly appreciated! Thanks Craig!
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craig cornish
Date: 9/24/2022 9:16:00 AM
Carrie, that hill is just outside Camden center (been there many times and my nephew held his wedding up there) is called Mount Battie and, yes, it is a beautiful view of the town and Camden Harbor!
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Carrie Richards
Date: 9/23/2022 11:17:00 AM
I remember the cast of the movie so well, and have seen the movie often on Turner Classics. :) Arthur Kennedy seemed to be type-cast as a mean drunk, (this movie and "A Summer Place"). So interesting to know where it was filmed! The scenery was beautiful New England.I remember the beautiful view from the hillside, and the white steeples. (I'm such a movie fan from long ago, and still love them!)
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craig cornish
Date: 9/23/2022 10:58:00 AM
They wanted to make the movie (which I really enjoyed with Lana Turner) in New Hampshire or Vermont but both states said "Not here" so they ended up filming it in Camden Maine.
Date: 9/23/2022 8:52:00 AM
This is amazing Craig. Prose poetic with amazing imagery and lyrical cadence that grabs you and won't let you go! Many thanks for sharing. Blessings!
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Date: 9/22/2022 7:46:00 PM
Makes you really want to read the book. What an incredible writer Grace Metalious. Personification at its best. Now the million dollar question other than this Poetry form did she contribute a list of Poetry? An amazing writer Craig so glad you shared...
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Date: 9/22/2022 8:23:00 PM
This is actually the first 3 paragraphs of her book but excellent writing is certainly poetic without being in a poem form and much of what we write especially in free verse is restructured prose. They are truly kindred spirits after all, that inspire us to think beyond what's written.
Date: 9/22/2022 1:44:00 PM
I wish I had written this but no - this is the beginning paragraphs from the book Peyton Place by Grace Metalious --thought you guys would connect.
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Date: 9/22/2022 12:53:00 PM
FANTASTIC!!!! As kids we would not put our baseball gloves away until that last Indian Summer game. One last hurrah long after the pennants and banners had all been folded neatly away. Great memories in this one Craig.
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Date: 9/22/2022 1:47:00 PM
John, a worthwhile old movie too--check it out--truly not one that is dated--some things, though we wish they would, have not...
Date: 9/22/2022 10:50:00 AM
Word play tour de force, Mr. Cornish. Are you the author/poet? :o)
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Arlo Parker
Date: 9/22/2022 2:02:00 PM
A voice from youth renewed. Thx. :o)
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craig cornish
Date: 9/22/2022 1:48:00 PM
Andrea - you truly know it's Grace Metalious---she went to high school in my home town.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/22/2022 12:55:00 PM
I believe this may be from the book of whoever wrote Peyton Place. It was made into a movie. Great soap opera type drama.
Date: 9/22/2022 10:24:00 AM
Yes, I agree. I adore personification in both prose and poetry.
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