Jerri Hardesty lives in the woods of Alabama with husband, Kirk, also a poet. They run the nonprofit poetry organization, (NewDawnUnlimited.com) Jerri has had about 350 poems published and has won more than 1100 awards and titles in both written and spoken word/performance poetry. Why did she join UTSPS as an At Large member (for those who don't live close enough to an organized chapter)? Jerri tells us: I became a member-at-large because of the reputation of UTSPS. The poets there are known for sharpening each other's skills and having great workshops. I also have friends in the poetry slam community in Utah whose work is noteworthy for its strength, originality, and complexity. I wanted to learn from the local culture that was helping produce all of those results.
PlainHow we celebrateThe butterfly,In poem and song,Metamorphosis,Caterpillar magically transformed;A metaphor for being reborn.But never do we glorifyThe houseflyIn story or verse,The transition the same,No better, no worse,But we reverse,And would rather curseThe process,Maggot carrion nursed.But just becauseWingsAren't alwaysBig, bright, colorful things,And may instead beShort, stubbyUnimpressive utilities,And just because we don't allSurvive the changesOf life's stagesBeautiful and unscarred,Unscathed and unmarred,Perfectly preserved,Still,We spread these wings,These soiled ugly things,Test the air,AndFLY!