My Antarctica – Waking

 . . Enjoy the Viewing Room here. . I’ve fallen in love with Antarctica.   My Antarctica is a dream. Time and time again, when I gaze at her, I can’t believe what I’m seeing. I blink, I shake my head, I pinch myself but no matter what I do she’s still there – even when I return home, she’s always with me. I feel like I’m dreaming when I’m with her; I dream of her when I’m away from her.   My Antarctica is transcendent. Her lyrical beauty is so powerful that is gets hard to breathe as she fills me up with wonder.   My Antarctica is purity incarnate. Every second of every day she’s washed clean by the kisses of clouds and the caress of waves. As she...

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My Antarctica

. . Enjoy the Viewing Room here. . My Antarctica . Antarctica is … well see that’s the problem. Antarctica is so otherworldly it defies easy description. Sublimely overwhelming, it’s a place of contradictions and mystery It’s desolate; it’s alive. It’s immense; it’s intimate. It’s lyrical; it’s brutal. It’s so remote and yet it touches the rest of the world in one way or another. . Life . The Antarctica I know, the peninsula, is surrounded by waters teeming with life – plankton, krill, fish, seals, whales and bird after bird after bird. Its waters feed the world’s waters. But every time I turn my gaze inland, I remember why they call it the crystal desert; its 5,000 meter thick ice receives less precipitation than the Sahara; there there are almost no signs of...

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Enjoy The Ekphrastic Review’s Writing Challenge With My Antarctic Images

Deadline – April 15 . . Ekphrastic writing is written in response to works of art. The Ekphrastic Review is offering its current writing challenge based on my images. The responses are certain to be surprising and diverse. TER will publish the winning responses online this month. . I chose these twin images because they’re pivotal in dual series of images, one nonfiction and the other fiction – Antarctica Waking & Antarctica Dreaming. It was breathtaking when we saw it. That ice can look like Greco-Roman architecture still astonishes me. Clearly, I see this image / these images in more than one way ...

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Three Simple Lines / Natalie Goldberg & John Paul Caponigro

. Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm (Mountain Time) . Online At The Santa Fe Workshops . Creativity Continues at Santa Fe Workshops when author Natalie Goldberg joins John Paul Caponigro for an intriguing conversation about how words make images and images make words. Natalie sets the tone and the stage for the evening by reading from her newest book, Three Simple Lines: A Writer’s Pilgrimage Into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku. Then John Paul and Natalie discuss the larger themes of how writing and perception are deeply intertwined and how writing can be both inspiring and useful for visual artists. The program finishes with a lively question and answer session — first between Natalie and John Paul, and then open to...

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Join Me For A New Poetry Reading – Ecopoetry / Voices For The Future

.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 70%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Sunday, April 10, 2022 – 4-5:30 pm EST . I will be cohosting (with Meg Weston) this event and reading my poetry with fellow Maine poets Kathleen Ellis, Gary Lawless, Iris LeCates, and Meghan Sterling in an intergenerational celebration of our place in nature. Find out more about these poets here. Each poet will recommend a book, share a favorite poem by another poet, and read their poetry. A lively Q&A with the audience is sure to follow so bring your burning questions. Ecopoetry (a relatively new term) offers contemporary views of our complex interrelationships within...

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