According to Merriam-Webster silence is: a lack of sound or noise. I am paying attention to silence in preparation for an event, during a special gathering, and as a way to focus.


I finished preparing for a talk I’m giving called, “An Evening of Poetry with Cindy Rinne” at a history and art museum. In silence I gathered art and poems thinking about how to present my books, series, how art and poetry go together, and to create a program writers and non-writers could enter into. The balance was to read all of the poems out loud in a run-through. I changed the order, removed some poems, and added some artwork to make a complete whole.


A poetry friend of mine, Michael Cluff, passed away recently. It was a shock. The Inlandia Institute hosted an afternoon event to honor him. We sat in silences in our grief and remembrances. But there were also stories, many of them humorous, and the sharing of poetry. I read a poem of mine where he was present at the event pictured above. And I read a poem of his. A powerful and special way to pay homage to a man who was funny, carefree, and a great poet.


Spring brings the silence of flowers and birthing new projects. I spent two days editing my novel in verse, “Quiet Lantern.” These days of silence meant no social media, phone calls, or going out. Two days gave me the silent space to read it from cover to cover. I could discover what didn’t make sense or what needed to be added to clarify. I also want to thank my friends who suggested edits to make the book clearer and more exciting. It takes silence to listen to what the story wants to say.


~ by fiberverse on April 22, 2014.

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