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I’ve written haiku most of my life and studied poetry in college earning a BFA with a double major in art and literature. Writing about photography (technically and conceptually) for over twenty-five years, the creative writer in me grew increasingly hungry to escape the limits of those genres.
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In 2019, during the first Youth Climate Strike, I saw a young poetess make a video presentation and have even more emotional impact than 45th vice-president Al Gore as he trained us to make effective presentations through his Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Her performance helped me understand that I didn’t need to change my social activism but rather intensify the ways my artworks are socially active.
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In 2020 Covid-19 shut down my in-person digital printing workshop and made it possible for me to attend Richard Blanco’s chapbook workshop offered online the same week. I had a thirty-year bucket list item to write a series of love poems to the earth and I saw this as an opportunity to complete it. It became much more than that. I hadn’t planned to write a poem a day for a year – or be trained as a voice actor – but that is what happened. Poetry helped me survive and thrive during the Great Pause. Poetry has become a daily part of my spiritual practice and an integral part of the ecosystem of my creativity. For me, the visual and the verbal are inseparable.
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In 2021, a year after the fifth inaugural poet Richard Blanco’s workshop, I learned the young woman who had impressed me so much would become the next inaugural poet Amanda Gorman.
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Whether visual or verbal, my passion is ecopoetry (making art as a way of understanding earth) and ekphrasis (making art as a way of understanding art), though it may only be language itself that separates art from earth or us.
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Poems

 

Horologion

Littoral Magazine

Summer Solstice

June 2022

 

Quoth
Germination

The Mountain Troubadour

April 2022

 

An Unholy Alchemy Of Color
Four Ways of Seeing One Great Wave
Ekphrastic Responses To My Antarctica

The Ekphrastic Review

April 2022

 

My Antarctica

Frames

April 2022

 

Haiku

Lux

March 2022

 

End Days

Matter

Oprelle

2021

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This Our Blackened Land

The Farnsworth Art Museum

April 2021

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Readings

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Three Simple Lines With Natalie Goldberg

The Santa Fe Workshops

May 24, 2022

 

Ecopoetry – Voices For The Future

The Poet’s Corner

April 10, 2022

 

Eco-Poetry: Voices Of The Earth In Crisis

The Farnsworth Art Museum

April 10, 2022

 

Celebrating Earth Day 2021

Rockland Public Library

minute 6:50

April 10, 2022

 

The Poet’s Corner

minute 22:45

July 18, 2021

 

Love Unmasked

The Poet’s Corner

February 14, 2021

 

Fire & Ice

The Poet’s Corner

December 13, 2021