Last Saturday I was honored to read my poem “Blessing” at Ars Poetica – Where Poetry Meets Art at the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo, Washington. I had the pleasure to meet Artist Sylvia Carlton, who shared with the audience why my poem resonated with her and why she chose it. I was so moved that it touched her in such a personal manner. Sylvia shared how as a mother the poem put into words so much of what she also felt about that difficult time when we let go of our children and send them into the world. Sylvia captured beautifully the contrast between the tight formality at the beginning of the poem with a dark weaving of limbs and the openness at the end of the poem where the white space and lack of formal punctuation allows the light to come in—light that beautifully emerges from behind the trees.
This poem was originally published in a zine out of Ireland called “Dodging the Rain” and will be included in my forthcoming book called “The Lure of Impermanence” which is scheduled for publication in early summer by Cirque Press in Anchorage, Alaska.
Here is a picture of Sylvia’s lovely painting.
Yours in poetry,