Poetry: WordHarvest

Contrary to expectations, we folded up WordHarvest about 3:15am or so. We never quite got the second or third wind we were expecting, though and Craig came around 11:30pm or so, and we did go for a while after that. By 3:00, though, it was pretty clear that we had done what we had come to do — we had read a number of our own pieces, a huge number of covers, had (a very little) druming and dancing, and told stories around a symbolic hearth of Worcester poets.

Among the poets read (present or not)

David Owen
David Whyte
Tony Brown
Dave MacPherson
Bill MacMillan
Sou MacMillan
Lindsay Stone
Andrew Watt
Eleanor Wilmot
Kae Collins
T.S. Eliot
Wilfred Owen
Po Chu’i
the silent one
Virgil Hervey
something something Lee…

OK, I can’t even begin to enumerate them all. Basically every chapbook I own was read from at least once. Many poems were read, many voices heard. There was a new, seven-year-old poet there: Erica, performing and writing for the first time. It was beautiful.

and I got home about 4am, and went straight to bed. We slept until around 9am, when the school interrupted our early morning cuddle; two members of the maintenance staff rang the bell twice, and then came to remove the bathroom fan, which has been acting up and playing funky tricks. We were… slightly surprised.

We’re going to the Connecticut Renaissance Faire in Woodstock, Connecticut today. It’s at the Woodstock Fairgrounds, at the intersection of Route 171 and 169. Come on by!

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18 comments

  1. thank you

    thank you for having the courage to try to foster the Bardic Spirit in Worcester….

    I really enjoyed WordHarvest although it was more meditative and intellectual than the drum-and-dance frolic I was half expecting….

    please let me know when/if there is going to be another one? I would be happy to help with organizing/cleanup etc….

    -C

  2. thank you

    thank you for having the courage to try to foster the Bardic Spirit in Worcester….

    I really enjoyed WordHarvest although it was more meditative and intellectual than the drum-and-dance frolic I was half expecting….

    please let me know when/if there is going to be another one? I would be happy to help with organizing/cleanup etc….

    -C

  3. Re: reeeallly?

    I wanted to read it. He read the Importance of Being Angry. Said that I had to be angry to read it. Grr. That made me mad ;0).
    I got over it. What a wonderful poem though. I might read it if I ever lead an anger workshop for women. Sometimes my circles do Anger work and it would be a great poem to read for them. Beautiful work lady!

  4. Thanks! Love to you too. Seeing you (and your boys-)yesterday was one of the best parts of the day!

    Hope to see you next tuesday for dinner!

  5. It was fine to see you yesterday, though, and you and your gentlemen looked so very fine.

    Next Tuesday — the reading in Worcester is at the Billy Goat Beanery. The directions on this website are accurate, and MapQuest will also get you there.

    Let and I know if you can come. We’d love to have you there!

  6. Re: reeeallly?

    The Importance of Becoming Angry, of course. Which made my lady briefly angry at me. We got through it, though, thank gods.

    It’s such a good piece. Thanks for writing it.

  7. Would that be Li Young Lee, perhaps?
    I have a poem of his on my information page,
    and he writes a poem titled, “Persimmons”
    that I think you’d be just daffy over.

    I’m sorry that I missed you.
    It might have been a good thing though, as I had a head-splitting migraine Friday night into almost all of Saturday ;< Getting up to perform your piece then spewing the contents
    of your tummy on the audience instead is just not cool ;> Social faux pas,
    that ;>

    Love to you and the fabulous Lady Leah,
    -T.

  8. Would that be Li Young Lee, perhaps?
    I have a poem of his on my information page,
    and he writes a poem titled, “Persimmons”
    that I think you’d be just daffy over.

    I’m sorry that I missed you.
    It might have been a good thing though, as I had a head-splitting migraine Friday night into almost all of Saturday ;< Getting up to perform your piece then spewing the contents
    of your tummy on the audience instead is just not cool ;> Social faux pas,
    that ;>

    Love to you and the fabulous Lady Leah,
    -T.

    • It was fine to see you yesterday, though, and you and your gentlemen looked so very fine.

      Next Tuesday — the reading in Worcester is at the Billy Goat Beanery. The directions on this website are accurate, and MapQuest will also get you there.

      Let and I know if you can come. We’d love to have you there!

    • Thanks! Love to you too. Seeing you (and your boys-)yesterday was one of the best parts of the day!

      Hope to see you next tuesday for dinner!

  9. reeeallly?

    You read something of mine? Cool! Which one (if you remember!). Sorry I didn’t make it over, I did a 3 hour hike after work and I was spent.

  10. reeeallly?

    You read something of mine? Cool! Which one (if you remember!). Sorry I didn’t make it over, I did a 3 hour hike after work and I was spent.

    • Re: reeeallly?

      The Importance of Becoming Angry, of course. Which made my lady briefly angry at me. We got through it, though, thank gods.

      It’s such a good piece. Thanks for writing it.

    • Re: reeeallly?

      I wanted to read it. He read the Importance of Being Angry. Said that I had to be angry to read it. Grr. That made me mad ;0).
      I got over it. What a wonderful poem though. I might read it if I ever lead an anger workshop for women. Sometimes my circles do Anger work and it would be a great poem to read for them. Beautiful work lady!

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