(Oct 30, 2020 at 9:18 AM) And when dreams come Let them For you are half asleep Into your room They parade And invade peaceful solitudes And raging wars Prior empty fortresses Without which Unguarded awakenings Would unfold Embrace them You are never Completely asleep Unless unaware You are
If you are reading this on a phone, you may have to scroll to the side to see the full poem. This preserves the integrity of the lines on smaller devices. I am drawn to the kitchen window by the blue-jay’s cry. The neighbor’s marmalade cat sits on the fence, Under the orange tree. He […]
A hot, gusty breeze passes by our footsteps, bringing with it needles falling from the giant redwood overhead. We walk through the heart of Library Park, looking for a picnic table safely away from other visitors, two of Juicy’s spectacular pizzas in each hand. The gusty afternoon breeze hasn’t settled down into balmy summer evening just yet; another flurry of wind blows open our pizza box. But slight pink hues in the sky creep over the lake, hinting at a beautiful sunset to come. I flip the pizza box shut, trying to turn it a direction where the wind won’t blow it open again. “Congratulations on your first six months as Poet Laureate,” David says, then takes a large bite of pizza. Georgina smiles, pulling back her hair from her face as another breeze brushes by us.
Two hand made pine boxes to display poetry have been placed on Main Street in Kelseyville. The first is on the outside of Suites On Main on the south side of the street and the second across the street on Fore Family Winery I got permission from building owners and the support and encouragement of the Kelseyville Business Association and Georgina Marie, our Lake County poet Laureate. We plan to post new poems weekly and will use the display on Fore Family Winery for local poets. If you have comments or suggestion (or better yet POEMS) email them to KBA at email@example.com
As writers we may often experience self-doubt, question the quality of our work, and even question whether we should share our work with others. How do we overcome (or rather, meet with courage) the insecurities that keep us from sharing the most vulnerable parts of ourselves? How can we keep grounded in our poetry/art and learn to speak with confidence, from an authentic, centered place? Join Lake County Poet Laureate Georgina Marie and poet Charity E. Yoro for a conversation and Q&A on the challenges of being a writer. All are welcome to listen in and/or participate in the conversation. Saturday June 20th, 2020 2:00-4:00 pm PST on Zoom Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and receive Zoom info
This particular time of the coronavirus challenges us to maintain our relationship with our creative lives and it very well could be a time of pause. One may find it hard to write when we’re worried about our health and livelihoods or our families. One of my favorite writers, Nicole Gulotta, recently discussed in her podcast Wild Words how writing is certainly essential but in a way that is different than our basic essential needs. This may very well be a period of time this year where we slow down or even stop writing because we feel exhausted, we don’t have the energy or the motivation, or we just don’t feel like it. All of this is okay and I would even say that it is certainly a part of living a writer’s life.
Lake County Poet Laureate Georgina Marie and The Lake County Bloom invite Lake County writers to submit to our bi-weekly poetry column, Rooted in Poetry. This column is a collaboration to offer a platform for local writers to introduce themselves to the community through their writing. Writers of all backgrounds are welcome regardless of your experience or style. We support established and emerging writers and look forward to reading a wide range of work and perspectives.
Online Poetry Workshop and Discussion Saturday May 23, 2020 from 11 am – 1 pm on Zoom. Poets can bring an original poem(s) they’d like to work on to share and discuss. We’ll also take time to free write from prompts. All are welcome no matter their writing experience. Hosted by Lake County Poet Laureate Georgina Marie.
Like all of you, I’m adjusting to this new lifestyle. No facet of my life is unaffected by the pandemic. I’m teaching classes from home. I’m homeschooling a teenager. I’m standing in line for toilet paper at 7:00 a.m. in a mask. I’m dealing with the personal and professional challenges of a “shelter in place” order, and when I get the chance, I’m writing. The following series of poems is dedicated to all of the students who are “sheltered in place” at home.
A total of 22 contest submissions were received from Lake County writers from all around the lake of different ages and writing experience. A reading panel of 5 Lake County residents made the winning poem selections. Submissions were read blind without knowing names of those who wrote the poems until after selections were made. First place winner was Diane Tulley for her poem 65 Year Old Garden. Second place winner was Ariana Weinert for her poem The Market Season. Third place winner was Mia Ruiz for her poem The Golden Peach. Each winner was awarded a monetary amount in market money to use on fresh goods at the market (funds were sponsored by Lake County Bloom and Georgina Marie), had their poems on display for the market’s opening day, and their poems are being published in the Lake County Bloom. The remaining contestants have the opportunity to have their poems posted on the Lake County Farmers’ Finest website.
Art is a conversation. We absorb our worlds, consciously and unconsciously, and when we create art, we’re expressing those experiences, whatever they may be. With the shelter-in-place order, I no longer spent my days teaching in a high school classroom. My ears rang, not with the usual buzz of my 130 students, but with an unfamiliar silence. I felt myself floating in a bubble of space and solitude, listening rather than speaking, an exchange student in a new land.
Opening day of this year’s farmers’ market was previously going to include the first Poetry Pop-Up at the Farmers’ Market of this year where local poets would share their poetry with market-goers, an event by Poet Laureate Georgina Marie that started in 2018. Since this cannot take place on opening day, both Georgina Marie and Cornelia Sieber, Market Manager, still wanted to continue with the goal of bringing the market and poetry together by offering a poetry contest to celebrate opening day of farmers’ market season. Lake County writers are invited to submit a food or farmers’ market related poem. A panel of 6 readers will then decide on three winners: first, second, and third place. The first place winner will receive $80 in market money, second place will receive $40 in market money, and third place will receive $20 in market money to use on fresh goods at the market. All winners will have their poems displayed at the market on opening day published in the Lake County Bloom.