“EARTH VOICES” Poetry Reading
I was the featured poet for The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga on Sunday, May 22, 2011.
“Seed pods crack open drumming the sidewalk
floating on air. Seeds land on blue and white
stripes. I select just the right walking stick.”
(excerpt from my poem, “Seeds, Streams and Diamonds)
I asked the audience to select just the right walking stick and join me on a poetic journey. I read my poems and shared my art quilts that go with the poems. This art quilt is called, “Peace.” This is a popular artwork inspired by a personal retreat to Oak Glen, CA. I shared several poems about nature experiences and nature as metaphor.
Several poems followed about relationships and the meaning of home. People enjoyed my apron collage of fabrics from around the world and the doll dress with a poem on the apron of childhood memories. I shared some of the stories behind the poetry and the artwork. I ended by reading some new poems. People commented that the presentation was peaceful and inspirational.
There were open mic readings before and after my presentation. I enjoyed listening to the many poetic voices. A big THANK YOU to The Village Poets for inviting me. This is a great community of poets. The picture taken at the end of the evening shows the joy of this group. I love how they are “dressed” in my artwork!
Photos by Heather Rinne, Julie Shaffer and Maja Trochimczyk