Thursday, April 2, 2009
THE INAUGURAL POEM DAY
i gave this personal techy journaling place of mine the name OPENINGS CONNECTING. i think it's about
NOTICINGS, of the openings, that are connecting....things, people, ideas, beliefs,and HOPE...events, musings, and a few how to's and why not's.
today, some of that opening "magic" touched my little world connecting a young woman, long a favorite artist/jeweler JEANINE PAYER in san franciso, and me,in kalamazoo. that coming together came at a point of resonance. january 20th, us,~~~you,me,them. we were watching, listening intently to our tv's. here. and there. and almost everywhere. i was snapping photos of my screen, alone, jerry gone for the day. it is beyond my words. perhaps it's in obama's words, in elizabeth alexander's (in the photo above) inaugural poem "PRAISE SONG FOR THE DAY". we shared the unbelievable, at-last joy of being "on the brink, on the brim, on the cusp,"..."any thing can be made, any sentence begun."
and so, a few days later, i wrote to jeanine through her website. for twenty years jeanine has honored the word, the life of poetry and it's power, in such an exquisite manner. i said in my email, YOU MUST...use this inaugural poet woman's words! and the rest of the story is described on her blog GLIMPSE for wednesday, april 1, called ELEMENTS OF CHANGE at http://blog.jeaninepayer.com/ . i'm the "FAN imploring her to contact the poet"; the "woman who was so emphatic" described in her first paragraph. a woman she doesn't know. but we do know one another because we shared a universal moment and the feelings it created. and now, words from the inaugural poem are inscribed on pieces in her latest collection. and she has given pieces to michelle obama and daughters, oprah winfrey, and ME(be still my heart!)..among others. and are available to you, too. bravo, jeanine payer and studio!! amazing. the strength and significance of belief and shared consciousness is remarkable, more so after such a long period of disparagement in our world.
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