The venue was perfect as seven local poets gathered to read selections from their writings on Friday, August 19 at the Old City Hall downtown.
I had missed an earlier reading the previous Friday due to a cold. I still had the cold on this Friday, but I was determined to hear at least a few of the poets read. Once there, I was so drawn in by the depth and passion of the readings that I was there until the end.
Local poets will be reading from their work tonight at the Old City Hall downtown, from 7:30-9:00. This event is free.
Also, the Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera, will be speaking at Shasta College on Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00 PM. This event will also be free.
Here’s a reminder:
The Redding Public Library will host a reading and Q&A with the current Poet Laureate of California, Dana Gioia (pronounced JOY-a) today from 12:00-1:30.
Dana will read from his latest book, 99 Poems: New & Selected. Dana will also discuss literacy, and there will be a time for questions from the audience.
Dana spent the first fifteen years of his writing career writing at night around his day job as an executive at General Foods. In 2002, George W. Bush appointed Dana as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. As Chairman of the NEA, Dana developed several new modernizing initiatives, including Shakespeare in American Communities, Poetry Out Loud, and Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience. Operation Homecoming collected writings from US troops and their families and published them in an anthology, which became the basis for an Academy award-nominated documentary by the same name.
Dana was appointed Poet Laureate of California by Governor Edmund G. Brown in December, 2015.
Come spend a memorable lunch hour celebrating words at the Redding Public Library.
Did anybody ever check out Dana’s book? I never made it back to the library.
Today’s Member Monday features a pair of poems written by Larry Solberg. Larry read them at the last Read Around.
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The Voice of a Parent
(Who has Lost a Child)
Upon the Sea of Life
I carried a soul in its tiny boat
To the shores of the Sea of Life.
The spirit sailed its growing bark
On The Waters both light and dark.
With energy it would float
O’er that Lake with meaning rife
Until it could make its mark
Upon the Waters of Strife.
And ever as I watched The Lake
To see the way the soul would take
I heard a note with meaning rife
(A message that cut like a knife.)
The wind above The Waters wrote.
I’ll review the life that soul bore
Whose raft to the dock draws near.
T’will sail The Sea of Life no more.
I hold its essence most dear.
In my mind is now forever locked
The voyage of that ship now docked.
I’ll review the journey that boat took,
And see the soul’s shining look.
My soul will hold that soul most dear.
I Would a Sailor Poet Be
A sea of sound engulfed me
Just the Other day
It most carried me away
For I would a sailor poet be,
An endless sound to my sea.
And for freight a thought or two.
Misty thoughts for which I’d expound
Words would shower off my tongue,
A deluge for expectant ears.
All the while those memes would
Swim in that endless pond
While waiting proud masses to respond.
Welcome back to Member Monday. Today we feature a poem by Writers Forum member, Linda Boyden. Welcome, Linda.
Then Will I Stand
By Linda Boyden ©2015
Night window, dark,
his profile etched
by the streetlight
he sits, hunched
in the wheelchair
hands clasped on top
of the warrior blanket
of stripes and buffaloes
I bought to ease his chills.
We wait for it to snow
though it is too cold.
We wait together
we wait for the inevitable
for his long march to the stars.
Then will I stand,
his blanket around
Then will I stand
under the myriad of stars
and hunt for his, for him.
Then will the wind bite
my cheeks and fingers.
Then will I bury my tears
in his blanket,
smell his memory,
hear his laughter.
Then will I stand
under the falling snow.
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