Katie Spivey Brewster
Katie Spivey Brewster was raised in Wilmington, NC, learned to body surf at Wrightsville Beach, attended Winter Park Baptist Church, married Jim Brewster from Slingerlands, NY and raised and home schooled five children (Ben, Luke, Rachel, Andrew, and Sam). She wrote Feast of Memories as an assignment for a Creative Writing class she and Jim took after Sam graduated from High School. She is currently Nana to five grandchildren (Levi, Micah, Judah, Felicity, and Seth).
In Sparks Fly Upward, Katie Spivey Brewster captures life memories and experiences in an interesting variety of poetic forms.
The free verse title poem, “Sparks Fly Upward,” was inspired by the campfire at the wedding reception of her son, Andrew. “Sensory Seashore” recalls a young child crossing the bridge at the Intercoastal Waterway knowing the beach was just ahead and a summer salad bar prompted, “Pretty Apricots.”
“C R A B,” an acrostic, was written on a lark at the table in Capt Billy’s while waiting for her family to finish their crabs while “I P H O N E” came from looking around and thinking.
A snowflake falling to the ground in “Where, oh where?” wonders about its destination while the limerick “A lady of Books” ask if “she can find any good reads to meet her needs?”
Poetry friends taught Mrs. Brewster about Haiku and Cinquain, giving her ample reason to write about heliotrope, azure, her hammock, and walking.
Sparks Fly Upward ends with “I Came From,” one of the first forms Mrs. Brewster encountered in her poetic walk. With the template she provides, Mrs. Brewster invites you to write your own poem and join her in strolling the poetic pathway
Aunt Louise visits twice a year,
in shoes, bag, and hat to match.
And every time she visits,
she brings the girls,
a very special snack.
But this time she has forgotten it,
or to the girls,
it so seems.
They wonder if they’ll miss the pleasure, of eating treats,
of which they’ve dreamed.
The Thanksgiving table is set, but the guests have not shown up and 10 year old Leonard cannot wait to start eating. Grandma Sadie wisely distracts him with memories till the rest of the family arrives.