I am excited to announce that I am part of an event that received a MUSE AWARD in Media & Technology 2010. This is an international award given by The American Association of Museums. The award is: HONORABLE MENTION: Pacific Asia Museum Poetry Tour, Pacific Asia Museum. (The photos are from a special exhibit at the museum.)

The poetry tour was created by Pacific Asia Museum’s Amelia Chapman, Sarah Bloom and the poets of Poets on Site, organized by Kathabela Wilson. Xiao flute by Rick Wilson. Audio Production by Julian Bermudez and John Rabe.

The concept was for each poet to select an item in the Pacific Asia Museum’s permanent collection and to write a short poem.  The poem was then recorded with musical accompiament. Then the public could listen to the poet read the poetry while viewing the art work via cell phone.

I thought that this was a unique project and enjoyed participating. I selected a Chinese bowl that is semi-transparent with imagery on the inside and the outside. The experience of standing in front of the art work and focusing on the object to write a poem was a new and different museum experience for me. My poem took on a deeper meaning when a dear friend passed away from cancer at a young age. My poem is dedicated to her. I read the poem at her funeral service. I’m glad that her story is being shared with many through this audio tour.

Recording my poem was an adventure too. Julian and John were professional in their approach. Everyone in the room had to be silent during the recording. This was hard to do! Rick played his flute as I read. It took three tries, but with the last one I had it. It’s amazing how you can feel the poem becoming a part of you as you speak it.

The debut of the Pacific Asia Museum Poetry Tour was a live performance by the poets of their poems on the tour. This poem is also in my “breath of the earth” Zine. My poem is called: “HEAVEN & EARTH, For Sandy.”

Two friends walk in silent understanding/ amidst the endless snow./ Distant village, trees, mountains/ and soaring rocks know/ soon one will leave the exterior landscape./ Drifting to a dwelling place inside/ the floral heaven./ External translucents gilded in gold./ She tends the luminant garden./ The other longingly holds the bowl/ separated by a membrane/ and remembers.


~ by fiberverse on May 25, 2010.

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