Late last evening, I, and many others in the literary community, learned of the passing of poet and publisher Sondra Ball. This is a great loss, and one need only type her name into a web search to gain an inkling of this woman’s remarkable accomplishments.
In a world too often replete with pretension and elitism, Sondra was one of the genuine ones who cared for literature and poets as opposed to mere person gain and advancement.
Sondra lived in New Jersey with her husband, Mario Cavallini, and she and I often exchanged notes about the weather - especially signs of spring and the beauty of autumn, relative to the nature poetry we both so loved. Since its inception in 1997, her e-zine, “Autumn Leaves” was an excellent forum wherein aspiring poets could be published. It was published twice monthly and apparently received 300,000 hits monthly, which shows both the magnitude and the quality of this remarkable woman’s undertaking. One might wish to peruse the following link:One final edition of Autumn Leaves will be posted at that site.
One final edition of Autumn Leaves will be posted at that site.
Recently, Sondra’s breast cancer, which had been in remission for many years, returned, and notes from Sondra became less frequent. Unfortunately, the cancer was found to have metastisized. In the early morning hours of in the first hours of Tuesday, March 16th, Sondra passed away after a difficult illness.
I have written the following piece in memory of Sondra:
As Star’s Eternal Light
She lived and longed for lines and stanzas spun
with autumnal saturation, scarlet-strewn.
She wove tapestries of triolets and tercets
and fantasy-froth fabrics of haiku, such seasons
single-inhalation splendid in vivid, vibrant hues.
She honed and crafted verse’s glowing gems,
each carat carved and honed with conscientious care
that no precious part should evidence dull drabness
of neglect nor pretension’s tawdry-tarnished
pseudo-sheen. She shone as timeless star’s eternal light
on pages sparkling with her genuine gleam.
© Carol Knepper
In Memory Of Sondra Ball