THIS BLOG IS NO LONGER OPERATIONAL. PLEASE ENJOY WHAT IS HERE, AND DO LEAVE A COMMENT IF YOU WISH. NORTH CAROLINA'S NEW POET LAUREATE IS CATHY SMITH BOWERS. SHE WILL SOON HAVE HER OWN WEBSITE THROUGH THE NORTH CAROLINA ARTS COUNCIL SITE. I WILL BE SHIFTING MY ATTENTION TO HERE, WHERE I AM, (SEE SIDEBAR)USING IT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO WRITERS WHOSE WORK DESERVES ATTENTION. I INVITE YOU TO VISIT ME THERE. For a video of the installation ceremony, please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xAk6fOzaNE.
Go to http://www.yourdailypoem.com/, managed with finesse by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer, who says, "Our intent is to make visitors to Your Daily Poem aware of the joy and diversity of poetry."
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
ARTPARK: EAT YOUR VEGGIES (Wilson County Public Library)
Jane Wood and her 4th graders have brought us ArtPark's latest theme-- Eat Your Veggies. The school featured is Community Christian School. Jane says, "I asked the students to think of a vegetable, allow a picture to form in their minds, then describe the picture. I tell them that the picture is part of their imagination and when they describe it to think about the 5 senses - not to necessarily employ each, but to realize that words connected to the senses make poetry. I allow them 10 minutes to compose, that way I don't get parental involvement or best friend suggestions; it is their very own work."
The shots were made at the Public Library display as ArtPark's magical display area at the Arts Council is dismantled due to renovation. Here's hoping the Wilson County Arts Council will keep this memorable niche in their building and send the message that the arts begin with our children. If they don't grow up loving the arts, there will someday be none. Attention politicians and arts committees! We can't let our budgetary restrictions keep such programs from our next generations.
Because all of these photographs are so colorful, I'm simply going to post them and let you wander through the display. Have fun! And a special thanks to Cindy Long for her photographs!
I've lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina since 1968, though I'm a native of SW Georgia. My paternal grandmother was born in the Blue Ridge, and I grew up wanting to live here. Where I am.
I've published five collections of poetry, the most recent 4 being with LSU Press, and have published poetry in magazines ranging from The Atlantic Monthly to Appalachian Heritage. But I also hike, bang pots and pans around in my kitchen, and love several dogs who leave fur all over my carpets. I write poetry because it's my way of singing back to the world both within and without.