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Student Showcase at JaxbyJax

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on November 11, 2017

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If you can only make it to ONE PART of JaxbyJax today, make it the Student Showcase from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Il Desco, 2665 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.

We experienced authors with books to share will, of course, be thrilled when you visit our venues, listen to us read, say hello, buy our books, and chat with us while we sign them. But there is nothing quite like the thrill – and terror – of reading your work in public for the first time to an appreciative audience who applauds wildly and speaks words of encouragement afterward. NOTHING.

See you there. Don’t make me come get you.

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The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville asked Tricia Booker to interview me, (and vice-versa) before we both participate in JaxbyJax on Saturday, November 11th.  Hope you enjoy our stories!

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Your Scribbler on First Coast Connect

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on October 31, 2017



November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month, and Darlyn Finch Kuhn is delighted to discuss this important topic on  First Coast Connect at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1st.  Kuhn will focus on her experiences caring for her mother and stepfather in Jacksonville long-distance, while she lived in Orlando. Kuhn, a Jacksonville native, moved back to her hometown to spend the last few weeks of her mother’s life near her childhood home.

Hosted by Melissa Ross, First Coast Connect is an hour-long call-in program on weekdays that features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, artists and people planning a variety of events across Northeast Florida, along with a weekly roundtable of local journalists. The show airs at 9 a.m. and repeats at 8 p.m.

Join the conversation:

  • Call: (904) 549-2937 (Note: This line is only active during the program, 9:00-10:00 a.m.)

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  • Email: firstcoastconnect@wjct.org

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Learn more about the First Coast Connect Book Club

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First Coast Connect is sponsored in part by Baptist Health and North Florida TPO.

Education coverage is sponsored in part by the Chartrand Foundation.

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Mirror, Mirror

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on October 30, 2017

Folks at the Authors Showcase 2017 asked for this poem. Here you go:

Mirror mirror sculpture by Cheryl Bogdonovich

sculpture by Cheryl Bogdanowitsch

Mirror, Mirror

Part 1


The girl in the mirror

had big brown eyes

and white-gold hair

and I liked her smile

and I liked her song

and I liked her two feet dancing

so I

kissed her there in the mirror

kissed her right on the lips

kissed her fogging and smudging the mirror

but I didn’t care because

she was beautiful

and that was when

Mama walked in and something in her face

told me I was bad

and that was when she spat

“You are so conceited!”

and I didn’t know what conceited meant

but I knew that it was wrong

and so was I

and so was the laughing girl in the mirror

so I

learned to only look at her

sideways, in small pieces

an eye,

a lip,

her hair,

because that was the opposite of conceited

so then I was modest

and then I was humble

and Mama wasn’t mad anymore.



Part 2


Forty years later,

as I crossed

from one room to another

I saw in the mirror in the hall

something that struck me

as, well, sort of lovely

so I stopped and looked more closely

and it was the shape of the foot in the shoe

of a girl who is almost fifty

then I looked at her other foot in the other shoe

and it was lovely, too

so I noticed her shapely legs

and the curve of her hip

where the dress fell just so

and the cut of the bodice

flattered her small breasts

so I glanced at her neck

where the honey-colored hair

made a tender frame

for her face

oh, her face

should I, could I

look at her face?

and then I did. I

did. I

looked at her face

and it was the little girl

only older

and I loved the lines around her eyes

and I loved the tear that balanced there

and then spilled over

and I loved her cheek as the tears ran down

and I loved her whole face

so I leaned in close and I kissed her there in the mirror

kissed her right on the lips

kissed her, fogging and smudging the mirror.

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