“Poetry … is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.” — Salvatore Quasimodo, from a speech in New York, quoted in The New York Times.
— Salvatore Quasimodo, from a speech in New York, quoted in The New York Times.
As I’ve been getting ready for the Vale’s Cultivation of Art Show and Sale this weekend, I was working on two things to have as an offering – one to give to patrons who buy my work. The other to have as a give away to anyone passing by.
The first was easy. I love making bookmarks so have created a stack of them to have on hand.
The second I struggled with. And then, yesterday afternoon, while I finished off getting a couple of pieces ready for sale, the idea came to me.
Poetry in a Basket
I have oodles of poems I’ve written over the years. They’re stored on my computer, in journals, on scraps of paper beside my bed or scribbled in the margins of a book.
Why not inspire acts of poetry by offering passers-by the opportunity to ‘pick a poem, any poem’ from my basket?
I am both artist and writer, creative imaginer and poet. Why not showcase my ‘other side’ along with my art?
And thus… Poetry in a Basket was born.
As I watched the final feature presentation of the THIRD ACTion Film Fest last night (it was AMAZING btw – the whole Film Fest. Kudos to founder and president of the festival Mitzi Murray and her team), I sat in the chaise beside my desk and rolled and tied-up poems to be put in the basket. I figure, if people can knit and crochet while watching a film, why not roll-up poetry? And the film, One Careful Owner, was the perfect inspiration for my random acts of poetry.
Poet Lucille Clifton wrote, “Poetry is a matter of life, not just language.”
Art is a matter of life becoming visible through the hands and eyes and words and bodies of the painter, sculptor, weaver, writer, architect, gardener, chef, dancer, actor, film-maker…
We are artists. All of us. It’s the mediums we employ and deploy to tell our stories that differs.
And for me, those mediums include both visual and written pieces.
Poetry in a Basket – A Gift of Words to inspire, awaken, challenge, move and motivate you into becoming the poet and the poem in your own life.
And now… I’m off to finish getting ready. I had noted my set-up time in my calendar as being Thursday afternoon. Yesterday morning, as I began to record my words for sale on the sheet to provide the organizers of the show, I realized I’d made a mistake — my set-up time is Wednesday afternoon.
I’ve got a lot to do between now and then….
I may or may not see you until I get to the other side next Monday.
But…. if you’re out and about in the Calgary area, this show is one of the most beautiful shows around. It’s spread throughout the greenhouses of Vale’s, along the Sheep River in Black Diamond. Seeing the art amongst all the flowers and plants is truly breath-taking. And there are weavers and jewelry-makers and potters and ceramics artists too, not just painters.
So… if you’re around Friday, Saturday or Sunday and looking for a lovely outing, do drop by!