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The Power of Collaboration

Tidal RiseSince 2nd grade, from the age of seven (7) I have known instinctively deep down that there were three things I wanted to be when I grew up: a singer, a teacher, and a writer, in that order. However, although I still might not be a “grown up” since I believe we must all fight the impulse to ever really become one, there are a few enduring “take away” lessons I’ve learned in the process of realizing each of these ambitions that stick with me like my AARP card. The happiest moments I’ve been privileged to experience were always shared. In studying music, my goal was to be an operatic diva. But the best things that happened always happened in rehearsals for projects that took us all outside of ourselves and our narrow, singular viewpoints, and gave us a peek at being a part of something larger. Similarly, in teaching, the times when groups of like-minded teachers had the opportunity to work together on big projects that affected the lives of many students for the good of the all form my fondest memories looking back. So, imagine my surprise when, in the highly competitive marketplace of getting into print, an opportunity to collaborate once again presented itself.

On Saturday, September 19, 2015, the results of this literary collaboration will be presented publicly at The Second Poetry Circus. The brainchild of the wickedly talented and extremely energetic Nicelle Davis, The Poetry Circus is a collaborative effortMENU that I am both proud and humbled to be a part of. No less than thirty-three poets/writers have contributed to the gorgeous chapbook that will serve as a sort of “program” to guide the audience through the evening’s presentations. The event, slated to take place at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round in Los Angeles, CA, from 5:30 to 9:30 PM, will feature the poet laureate of Los Angeles, Luis Rodriguez, and offer readings by an incredible lineup of 32 poets, including me! There will be haiku balloons, circus performers, crafts for kids, free carousel rides, a book fair, and literary organizations all coming together to create something larger than the sum of its parts: a chance for people of all backgrounds, preferences, political leanings, and/or religious (or non-religious) persuasions to come together to experience, revel in, and celebrate ART that takes WORD as its medium.

All I can say is that this beautiful dream that is the Poetry Circus proves once again that collaboration offers more inclusion, promises more memorable results, and is a whole lot more fun than competition ever was. Not only that, but it extends to everyone who ever wanted to run away and join the circus the chance to realize that dream and participate in the magic-making that is both the WORD and the circus.Balloon2



Breathing Space: ruminations on veiling and unveiling the rent –

It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.
William Carlos Williams, Asphodel

Wired – perhaps inadvertently, we’ve all been yoked together: witnesses to tragedies of unprecedented magnitude unfolding right before our very globally networked eyes. Specifically, advances in technology have allowed us to gawk in common at the spectacle of Charlie Sheen’s public broadcast of his up-to-the-minute state of mind, until that flamed out and was supplanted in our fascination with live coverage of the 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan.

March Madness — with the advent of Daylight Savings Time (March 13), the full moon’s 18-year cyclical lunar perigee (March 19) and the Vernal Equinox (March 20) squeezing in on an already full calendar, it’s no wonder some have nicknamed the concomitant phenomena “global weirding.” There’s an Irish proverb that says, “The best mirror is a friend’s eye.” In an effort to offer a wee bit of recognition, and perhaps even a brief respite from “all the news that’s fit” to broadcast live, on national television, I give you two poems to consider: the first, “Devastating Romance” on the tragedy of “twisters” —

Devastating Romance Hits Oklahoma

"Devastating Romance Hits Oklahoma" Anne Yale. 2009. Forced Air.

and the second, by way of linkage, on those larger tragedies (courtesy of Mother Nature) which serve to remind us how connected we really already are, even without hand-held devices, broadcast media, or cell towers —


"Apotheosis" Anne Yale. 2010. Thrust air.


And we have lift-off: Can you hear me now?




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