Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Poetic Inspiration

Post by Kerrie Flanagan

Last night I had the privilege of attending the Meet the Poets night at the Northern Colorado Writers studio featuring poets Antoinette Voûte Roeder, Lisa Zimmerman and singer/songwriter, Jeff Finlin.

Over the years I have dabbled with poetry, but would never consider myself well-versed in the genre. After hearing the panelist, I was inspired to give it a try again. But more importantly they inspired me to want to write. They encouraged me to relish the joys of writing and push through the blank page.

Over the course of the evening, they each made other comments that really stuck with me. Here is what they had to say about the process:

Jeff Finlin said, "I trust the muse and wherever it takes me. I surrender and go with it. The challenge is getting out of the way."

Antoinette Voûte Roeder said, "The process is such a gift; being able to sink into that place and spend time there in that well-water bubbling up."

Lisa Zimmerman, advised, " Be vigilant to take care of that place of silence."

Antoinette shared that she loves poetry because it is concise, "It says the essence without going overboard and allows the reader to bring his/her background to it." She compared poetry to playing in the meadow and blowing the dandelion seeds.

Lisa said, " I write because the world is beautiful and terrible."

The evening concluded with Antoinette and Lisa each reading two poems and Jeff performing his song Alchemy from his Alive and Retrospective album. It was an incredible way to end an awesome night. I am looking forward to Antoinette's Getting Down and Dirty With Poetry Workshop tonight.

You can listen to Jeff's song here: Alchemy
Here are the lyrics:

I've seen the faces of the linemen
The little black boxes of the shinemen
Your train's delayed again, it seems
Broken down in Alchemy
I've seen in the order in confusion
The empty hand behind illusion
Our years of sad, sad company
As just the place I was meant to be
But you're still a model in a dream
Broken down in Alchemy

Say what you must my dear
A plain man beyond repair
His only goal just to be
If but for one embrace
Could salt your wounds with grace
I'd give it all to see your face
Just a-shining next to me

I've seen the best minds lost in movement
Fearful if only just to choose it
Dissecting love to a degree
Broken down in Alchemy

We're just a moment and not to prove it
To face the love, to move on through it.
A simple choice for you and me
Broken down in Alchemy
By Lisa Zimmerman
from The Light at the Edge of Everything

Between the sun and the spool
This unraveling
Between the God and the wine
This white absence
Between the moment and the miracle
A prolonged panic
Between the wish and the weeping
By Antoinette Voûte Roeder
from Still Breathing

I learned long ago
that beauty grasped
is beauty no longer.

To meet with beauty,
relax your grip,
bid farewell to desire,
let go of the tension

between the eyes and soften,
soften till she turns
to you.

What happens next
can only be breathed.


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