From our last Outdoor Performance Event 2014…
Poetry: a sounding of felt thought; sensation in the body captured in phrase and word; shape drawn in language; a vocalized sketch of viscera and mind. Poetry is rivulets heading to the ocean.
Because I started off on my creative journey as a visual artist, I find the intellectual freefall and freedom of poetry to be very similar to painting.
Kim June Johnson
Whether it be the blue dress, black high heels or satin gloves that make song as Sandburg has said it is always the echo of poetry asking a shadow to dance.
Poetry gives a break from the daily round. A poem can prompt a different way of seeing and understanding, allowing us to bypass the conditioned mind and float in an ocean of instinctual intelligence.
To have great poets, there must be great audiences and really any single poem can be great as long as it satisfies an audience of one.
Robert Hass says that in poetry, “each particular erases / the luminous clarity of a general idea.” Then reminds us that the opening lines of a poem serves as the threshold into an imagination and its capacity to understand and dramatize change.
For about 364 days of the year, most people don’t even think about poetry. But when they fall in love, or when someone dies, or when the World Trade Centre towers fall to the ground, nothing but poetry will do.
This poem was written by the audience at HIAC’s final outdoor performance series
Poetry Under The Stars. It was written serendipitously, imbued with the magic of that summer night.
In this Hornby place the poet’s words belong to
the fiery place between the ocean and sky.
In this green comfortable forest the wind cannot
speak its name
And when the trees here do speak they say
‘We are swimming in the air’.
If the poem is to stay with us after tonight
it must gather the stars around our shoulders
and then these words will belong to us
just as the young cedar will one day own this forest.
In this falling dusk an old Douglas fir makes
peace with the ancient whispers and
the sky is webbed to the tree tops as words ascend
with delicate sensitivity to the waiting clouds.
As she once read her words we waited for
the compass to point towards compassion.
Near me I can hear people breathing like
the soft sway of the tall spruce.
Who can answer this question that rests against the
sandstone slab, buoyant like the rising moon?
Because poetry cannot become
a rule or a formula for a life well-lived
because poetry is always on the way to the end of a line.
It is a gift and a warning that says take your life and run
like someone has left the barn door ajar
because a terrible beauty remains when the poem ends
as if in that vanished moment all things were possible
all worlds open.
Starting Wednesday come out for the End of the Summer Show at HIAC!
Featuring work from HIAC & Island Gallery Members
August 26th to September 15th
Opening Reception Wednesday August 27th from 7-9pm
Gallery hours: August 27th-31st Wednesday- Sunday: 11am to 3pm
September 4th-13th Thursday -Sunday: 11am to 3pm
Friday, August 22nd 7-9pm
Join us at HIAC for an ‘Evening of Poetry Under the Stars’… Featuring readings from Jay Ruzesky, Cornelia Hoogland, Rachelle Chinnery, Bernice Freisen, Amanda Hale, Kim June Johnson, & Shae Rankin. The evening will be moderated by Al Forrie.
Here are some snippets and bios from a few of the wonderful poets we will hear on the 22nd…
Poetry for me is a personal journey. I write to engage our five senses, folding them as images into a sixth sense, the heart – Shae Rankin
Amanda Hale has 4 published books to her name and is currently working on another novel, Mad Hatter, and a libretto, Pomegranate.
Jay Ruzesky makes films, teaches classes, and writes novels and creative non-fiction. Poetry is at the heart of all of it. He lives on Vancouver Island. “For about 364 days of the year, most people don’t even think about poetry. But when they fall in love, or when someone dies, or when the World Trade Centre towers fall to the ground, nothing but poetry will do.” –Jay Ruzesky
Cornelia Hoogland has published 6 books of poetry and 3 chapbooks.
Hope to see you at HIAC for this intimate evening of poetry from our stage nestled amongst the trees, art from the talented Janice Richards and treats from out concession!
ABSTRACTS … Art of Janice L. Richards
August 12th to 24th, Tuesday –Sunday 11-4pm at HIAC
Opening Reception Friday, August 15th from 7-9pm
Come down to HIAC to experience Janice Richard’s spectacular abstract art. Janice has been creating art all her life, from jewelry and painting to vintage wooden boats and clay sculptures. She has always been inspired here on Hornby, it was here that she became a goldsmith and where she has done a lot of her art. Janice is currently a lighthouse keeper which provides daily inspiration for her abstract paintings. Her HIAC show will surely be a memorable experience, we hope to see you there!
Thank you to everyone who came out to the beautiful show from Tom Knott and Reina Le Baron. This show was a very moving retrospective from their last 12 years of creating together. In every piece that was hung the profound collaboration and spontanaiety of their art was deeply apparent. The photographs featured Reina, breathtaking shots of Hornby’s forest and coast, the earth, galaxies, nebulae, images of the works of other artists and religious symbols. The deep intention of Tom and Reina’s show here at HIAC was to show the essential unity of the World and of the life of the Earth. Similarly intentioned was Reina’s poetry which we were delighted to have featured in their show. Thank you Tom and Reina for sharing your work with us and for everyone who came out to experience it.