Wishing you a wonderful Earth Day week! Thanks for checking out my video of retrospective poems from my publisher and myself, followed by guest poets from Canada and the US welcoming spring, released for Earth Day 2021 with the generous sponsorship of The Writers Union of Canada (TWUC).
Thanks to everyone who joined us live on Wednesday and to all of you for taking the time to check out the video. The presentation is along the lines of an Albert Camus theme, “In the depth of winter I found there was within me an invincible summer.” May the light of all seasons fill and heal you.
Journey through the imagery of seasons with League of Canadian Poets author Cynthia Sharp on Wednesday, November 25th at 7 PM PST. In a twenty minute reading of her nature poems, Cynthia will take you through the colour, sounds and serenity of west coast life, followed by a brief Q & A. You’ll hear her classic award winning pieces, as well as brand new poems for an upcoming collaboration with Bowen Island artist Jilly Watson.
It's a treat to be the guest speaker on CJSF’s Powered by Age program hosted by dynamic author Charlotte Sista C Ferrell. I open with my Alone and Together meditative poem honouring the gift of time this season offers, then lead a brief sensory writing workshop on Intentionality and Creativity. It’s all here with Charlotte’s invigorating music selections to get your blood and pens flowing: https://www.cjsf.ca/contents/SistaC-Intentional-Creativity
My nature writing workshops are coming online. If you’d like to try Writing from the Senses for FREE, just let my hostess, the Federation of British Columbia Writers Islands Rep Jackie Carmichael, know by emailing her at email@example.com so she can send you the Zoom link for our July 20th, 7 PM Pacific time workshop. We’ll do a guided writing evening much like the first chapter of How to Write Poetry. Open to writers and aspiring writers through the world. In the mean time, happy poeting 🙂
The annual Pandora's Collective International Poetry Contest is open for submissions until January 15, 2020. It's one of the most affordable poetry contests available, with adult, youth and children's categories, and your entry fee supports a fabulous outreach society: www.pandorascollective.com/poetry-contest.html?fbclid=IwAR378uYDsxRtGyeRO6s-CNvqlda8J6DEpNVupDsH15qnKxCVcDkGeLN7GWU
Deadline: January 15, 2020
Winners announced March 1, 2020
$5/poem (or 5 poems for $20)
1st: $100 & publication, 2nd: $50 & publication, 3rd: $25 & publication.
Publication is for one year, on the Pandora's Collective website.
This year's judges are Cynthia Sharp and Trevor Carolan:
Cynthia Sharp is the City of Richmond’s 2019 Writer in Residence. She is a full member of The League of Canadian Poets and The Writers’ Union of Canada and on the executive of the Federation of British Columbia Writers. She’s featured at Word Vancouver, The Simon Fraser University Reading Series, Spoken Ink, Words on Fire in Port Alberni, Poesic Fest in Denver, the Writers Read Series in Toronto and other literary events through North America. Her work has been published and broadcast internationally and is used in classrooms in Canada, the U.S. and Scotland. Poems from her book Rainforest in Russet can be found in journals such as CV2, Lantern Magazine and untethered, among others.
Trevor Carolan’s work includes many books of non-fiction, poetry, translation, and anthologies, as well as journalism and interviews. He served as literary coordinator for the XV Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, and has been Coordinator of writing and publishing programs at the Banff Centre. He has also worked as media advocate on behalf of Aboriginal land claims and Pacific Coast watershed issues. A former elected Councillor in North Vancouver, he holds a PhD. for studies in Literature, Ecology and ideas of the Sacred in International Relations. His documentary film Cascadia: The Life and Breath of the World features appearances by many distinguished eco-writers. He teaches English and Creative Writing at University of the Fraser Valley, and is Co-editor of Pacific Rim Review of Books. His eco-lit collection Cascadia: The Life and Breath of the World received a Best American Essays Citation in 2013.
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As writers we're often asked to find, connect with and know the why behind our projects and practice. It's a way of keeping them in control and staying true to ourselves and values through all the stages of creation, editing, publishing and marketing. Hermann Hesse captures so well what the dreaming inner nirvana part of the writing process means to me, my why for this lifestyle of meditating with characters and scenes I channel (or create so passionately it feels like channeling when I'm all the way in with them), of writing down dreams, of creating safe spaces in my mind and bringing some of them to the page for others...the real why for the deep inner stories of gentleness that mean the most to me, the meditative state I long to live in. The photo is from the Gaia Wellness Retreat's Facebook page. What is your why for writing?
This is another poem I like to use in sensory writing workshops. We’ll be reading it at the Minoru Centre for Active Living in Richmond on Tuesday in our session for registered participants, posted here for anyone wanting to peek ahead and anyone wishing they could come but having to work.
I often open Sensory Writing Workshops with Jane Hooper's poem "Please Come Home." For everyone in Richmond who told me they wish they could come to the Sensory Writing Workshop tomorrow but have to work, and for all of you reading:
Please Come Home
by Jane Hooper
Please come home. Please come home.
Find the place where your feet know how to walk
And follow your own trail home.
Please come home.
Please come into your own body,
Your own vessel, your own Earth.
Please come home into each and every cell
And fully into the space that surrounds you.
Please come home. Please come home to trusting yourself,
and your instincts and your ways and your knowings,
And even the particular quirks of your personality.
Please come home. Please come home and once you are firmly there,
please stay awhile and come to deep rest within.
Please treasure your home. Please love and embrace your home.
Please get a deep, deep sense of what it's like to be truly home.
Please come home. Please come home and when you're really, really ready,
And there's a detectable urge on the outbreath, then please come out.
Please come home and please come forward.
Please express who you are to us, and please trust us
To see you and hear you
and recognize you as best we can.
Please come home. Please come home and let us know
all the nooks and crannies that are calling to be seen.
Please come home, and let us know the More
that is there that wants to come out.
Please come home. Please come home,
and when you feel yourself home, please welcome us too,
for we too forget that we belong and are welcome,
and that we are called to express and fully and be who we are.
Please come home. Please come home,
you and you and you and me.
Thank you Earth for welcoming us,
and thank you touch of eyes and ears and skin,
touch of love for welcoming us.
May we wake up and remember who we truly are.
Please come home. Please come home. Please come home.
I live on the Canadian west coast, where I enjoy walking in nature and living in the rhythms of mindfulness through all the parts of my life – teaching, tutoring, writing and being.