Fulton writer Jim Farfaglia has released his latest book of poetry, Reach out in the Darkness: How Pop Music Saved My Mortal Soul.
A reading from his book, along with musical accompaniment, will take place at the Fulton Public Library, 160 S. First St., in Fulton on December 11 at 7 p.m.
By returning to the music of the 1960s and ‘70s, watching old TV variety shows and reading biographies about that era’s singers, Farfaglia crafted 60 poems to honor the musicians, songs, and cultural experience they created.
“Many of us Baby Boomers feel that there was something special about the music of that era,” said Farfaglia. “The world was rapidly changing and our favorite singers were capturing that shift in music and lyrics. Taking the time to reflect on what that meant to me as I moved through my teen and young adult years was both satisfying and revealing.”
The book made its debut last month at Oswego’s river’s end bookstore.
With him were musicians Gina Holsopple and Matthew Wood, who shared their versions of some of those songs from the ‘60s and early ‘70s.
“Starting with a mini-concert before the reading began, Gina and Matthew then joined me as we traded poems and songs back and forth,” Farfaglia said. “It was such a fun night and the audience reaction was very gratifying. We were so glad when the Fulton Library asked us to recreate the night for them.”
The library will be providing refreshments.
For more information about the event, contact Farfaglia at www.jimfarfaglia.weebly.com or the Fulton Library at (315) 592- 5159.