Springfield College Professor Publishes New Book of PoemsDecember 5, 2006
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 4, 2006 – Springfield College Humanities Chair and Professor Margaret Lloyd is the author of a new book of poetry entitled “A Moment in the Field: Voices from Arthurian Tradition.” Released by Plinth Books this fall, the book-length cycle of poems remains faithful to early Arthurian sources while contemporary in its style and concerns. Lloyd completed the book while on a fellowship to Hawthornden Castle, an International Retreat for Writers in Scotland.
Each poem in “A Moment in the Field” is written in the voice of a character from Arthurian legend. While the poems primarily focus on female experiences that have often remained hidden or gone unnoticed, they also evoke aspects of male experience not traditionally accessed in Arthurian narrative.
“My primary narrative source was Sir Thomas Malory’s ‘Morte d’Arthur,’” says Lloyd, “although I have also drawn upon early Welsh Arthurian poetry and prose, Geoffrey of Monmouth’s ‘History of the Kings of Britain,’ and the courtly romances of Chretien de Troyes. While writing these poems, I strove to remain faithful to characters and events in this early literature as I explored emotional moments, situations, and psychological states suggested by the texts.”
Lloyd’s book has received praise from a number of renowned authors and critics. She is also the author of “William Carlos William’s Paterson: A Critical Reappraisal” (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press) and a book of poems “This Particular Earthly Scene” (Alice James Books).