Performance Poetry

Something very powerful happens when poetry is spoken aloud and performed. Poetry in all its forms captures and expresses thoughts, feelings and experiences in a raw and visceral way. It is like a bird alighting on your hand something that wakes you to the sacred in the ordinary. Poetry has flow and cadence, its lines … More Performance Poetry

Ode to a Fallen Elm and our communal Kith (A poets lament on the privatization of the natural world)

The Enclosures were a series of United Kingdom Acts of Parliament which enclosed open fields and common land in the country, creating legal property rights to land that was previously considered common. Between 1604 and 1914, over 5,200 individual Enclosure Acts were put into place, enclosing 6.8 million acres.   Prior to the enclosures in England, a … More Ode to a Fallen Elm and our communal Kith (A poets lament on the privatization of the natural world)

Writing Motherhood – edited by Carolyn Jess Cooke – Seren Books – a review

Sharon Olds   I lightly tap these words and watch them tip toe across the quiet, ordered screen so as not to stir my grandson as he sleeps soundly in the bed beside me. This is about as much quiet and order as I’ve been able to wring out of the day thus far. Practically … More Writing Motherhood – edited by Carolyn Jess Cooke – Seren Books – a review

Sehnsucht

Over the winter solstice, my young daughter came along with me to a red tent gathering for the first time. As is practice, a wool yarn bracelet was woven between us in acknowledgment of the deep interconnection and interdependence with have with one another and the earth. This bracelet became very special to my daughter … More Sehnsucht

Folktale and Myth for Modern Times – The Handless Maiden

The Handless Maiden is a European folk tale that I first read in the Jungian analyst Robert Johnson’s wonderful book on the archetypal male and female wounds: “The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden.” It is fascinating to me how relevant these ancient stories are to the contemporary world. Below is the story. There once lived … More Folktale and Myth for Modern Times – The Handless Maiden