Lead image from Beauty Everyday, 2013 by Rinne AllenKristen Bach, and Rebecca Wood (pages 4–5)  

“…poetry is a strange thing. It often is a private act, written alone. But yet, it’s written for the possibility of being read or recited in public. And so poetry asks us to make public what is very private. And what is a more worthy thing for both private and public attention than love? Poetry invites us to make public the deep loves of our lives.” –Pádraig Ó Tuama from the opening of Poetry Unbound, Bone of My Bone and Flesh of My Flesh by Ellen Bass 

We often use the beginning of each year, deep in winter, as a time for settling in. It is a time for allowing the stillness of nature to permeate our minds and, hopefully, bring a sense of calm. Poetry allows this stillness; it is a place where each of us takes our own life experiences into a poem and are allowed to grow into the words. To begin the new year, this week we and share what we’ve been reading and listening to this winter. 

Poetry Unbound podcast  The On Being Project 

Poetry Podcast from The New Yorker 

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song edited by Kevin Young 

“The Poet at the Heart of Society”  

David Whyte and his Three Sundays online series 

“Why Poetry is Necessary” 

“Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important” 

“Does Poetry Have a Social Function?” 

Dial-a-Poem (Dial 641.793.8122, you access recordings from an archive of poetry.)

Academy of American Poets  

United States Poet Laureate  

Southern Foodways Alliance Poetry Archive 

Beauty: The Invisible Embrace written and read by John O’Donohue 

In Alabama: Poet Laureates of Alabama 

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay 

@ Alabama Chanin 

Tomorrow starts our Alabama Chanin Sample Sale on, which continues all week with increased savings each day. The sale starts with 30% off select Alabama Chanin garments and explore the assortment of limited-edition designs from our archives, one-of-a-kind samples, and last-chance styles from previous Collections.  

@ The School of Making 

In addition to the Alabama Chanin Sample Sale, The School of Making Inventory Sale will also take place starting tomorrow. Save 30% on maker favorites and explore the assortment of limited-edition materials and DIY Kits,  designs from our archives, and essential tools to craft your new year’s projects. 

@ The Factory 

For guests who wish to and are able to shop the sales in-person, The Factory opens at 10:00am tomorrow.  

Monday by appointment only 
Tuesday – Friday | 10am – 5pm 
Saturday and Sunday | Closed       

Visit us at: 
462 Lane Drive 
Florence, Alabama 35630       

Contact our store team: 
Catherine Counts 
+1.256.760.1090 x 114     

Carlisle Sandy  
+1.256.760.1090 x 105    

Please note: Due to COVID, guests are required to wear face masks throughout the duration of their time at The Factory and we have masks available, if needed. Until further notice, we will be checking temperatures for all guests, team members, and anyone entering The Factory. Should you have any questions about our safety procedures, please reach out during our store hours.     

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