timeless Earth :: all that lives, all that dies, all that is ~ carries on
Photo: Janice Sandeen, Late December Hoarfrost & Pueblo Peak, 12/29/2018
Quote: Toko-pa Turner, Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home, 2017
Competencies of Belonging
“Most of us think of belonging as a mythical place, that if we keep diligently searching for, we might eventually find. But what if belonging isn’t a place at all, but a skill: a set of competencies that we, in modern life, have lost or forgotten? Like the living bridge, these competencies are the ways in which we can coax, weave, and tend to the roots of our separation—and in so doing, restore our membership in belonging. Like any practice worth undertaking, belonging cannot be mastered overnight. Because it is a disappearing art, we might find ourselves going it alone for a while and the temptation to lose hope will be strong. But we must keep a vision of how we want our lives and the world to look, and work towards weaving those first threads together. Even when the garment of belonging seems flimsy and inadequate, we must keep to the task until it substantiates.”
Excerpted from Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home by Toko-pa Turner
Belonging is a 2017 Nautilus Gold Award winner.
As part of April as National Poetry Month, here in Taos there have already been many wonderful gatherings, readings, and performances devoted to our love of poetry and local poets here in Taos. There are three more events this week, one workshop and two evenings of poetry readings. I will be presenting something different than I have ever before ~ a cross-pollination between my poetry and my photography, as well as a chance to share a number of my visual poems.
On Saturday evening at 5:30pm at SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest), I will be joining curator Ariana Kramer and two other poets, Sonja Kravanja and Fiona Sze-Lorrain, to share on a theme of Poetry in Translation. If you are any where in the local area of Taos, New Mexico, please consider joining us! These events are free (a few specific ones are not) and are presented by SOMOS and the Taos Arts Council, along with our amazingly creative curator (and also poet), Ariana Kramer. The latter of the month has another 4 events. See the flyer below for more details.
Concurrent with these events, I am also participating in “Poetry in Public Places”, where local poets have printed a poem of theirs, which was then placed in a frame and now dons the walls of one of numerous local establishments. My poem, “Brightness Spectrum“, is at Coffee Cats in the John Dunn Shops arcade right near the Taos Plaza. If you go for a visit to read the poems, please thank our hosts, Coffee Cats, for participating in this cultural celebration of poetry and local poets. 🙂
And a final note of mention, since my presentation is in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, I will have it documented and hope to share it here on my blog, in future!
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Although I more commonly offer in-person sessions, my work also extends to interactions via phone, Skype, and even email dialogue. I also have created a new page on Facebook called ‘Communing With Animals’, which I cordially invite you to check out, as it has many great in situ photos with insightful and inspirational shares about each of these photos, among many other communing opportunities to consider:
“The personal life deeply lived
always expands into truths beyond itself.”
~ Anais Nin
YOU ARE/I AM
Expand in a non-directive way,
to the tune of your own Song,
but in step with another,
one who will keep step with you,
not the other way around.
( *on a pay whatever you can during April 2017 )
What Is wanting to happen that is likely already happening, but just needs to emerge more fully all the while being witnessed?
Just such a question that I gladly and joyfully and respectfully ask along with you, as we listen together and also collaborate at whatever levels your being, your innate intelligence is calling for.
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Tomorrow here in Taos, New Mexico, we will be having our January edition of The Spoken Word Open Mic Series. If you happen to be close enough to join us in person, please do! 🙂
9 – 25 November 2016 ~ Arroyo Seco, NM
I am not a poet ~ the world, as I know it, is.
I am not a woman ~ this world is a woman’s domain
and I am in it and of that.
Nature does not surround me ~ I am nature itself
and I live within my own sphere.
I am not someone imagining what the world might become.
I am that becoming or that emergence in the making.
Hesitation ~ where and what are you? What is this task?
What are we creating as this conversation,
not much different than gestation, something earlier conceived.
Looking out is no more ~ it is not even looking within, it is the active principle
such as breath and breathing ~ continuous and life evolving,
does not need to be named to continue.
Approval ~ what are you ~ takes a unique set of circumstances
to make you relevant, to make your existence, to map the terrain
in which you stretch and wallow and bring forth your experience.
[There are many things we regularly turn inside out (socks, clothes), some even surprisingly, but when it comes to turning this world inside out ~ what of it? What not of it? When can I not do or see or perceive that is so when I receive that calling? Like birth, it comes of its own accord and in its own timing ~ such that we have evolved something we call death. Is that the world turned inside out, birth becomes something reversibly irreversible?]
The world is not me, I am the world emerging and forthcoming
~ only perception forms and forms and forms again.
Sometimes it takes listening to these things loudly, not quietly as some might suggest.
Turn the volume inside out and there is the advantage, the preeminent seeing of what is.
Turning the world inside out, I turn myself out into a world that has
not once yet rejected me or scorned me or humiliated me, but
has me at its very crystalline heart beat, pulsing as aliveness and ardor.
The world as poet opens her domain to the wide spread arms
of welcoming ~ laughing itself awake to itself, hesitatingly unhesitant.
20 May 2016 ~ My walk this morning was a natural inquiry, one that happened gently on its own. Sometimes contemplations are like that, as they gently arise from the font of one’s inner life. I find that as I set my body into motion as I walk with my dog this morning, that there is another stream there, an inner world that has its own unique ecology and resilience. Continue reading