Saturday, April 09, 2016

Recap of our April 2 Meditation and Poetry Workshop



After our morning meditation at the Shelburne Falls Shambhala Center, we took turns reading poet Anne Waldman's list of writing prompts from the Naropa Institute-rich and deep like her poems. Increasingly,  I am inspired by Anne's erudition, compassionate actions, and dedication to the power of poetry that can penetrate the darkness of these times.

Here are a few 17 syllable Haiku by Barbara Paparazzo, a friend from our New England College MFA days and frequent participant in our writing group. GInsberg called these "American Sentences" as they are long line instead of the three line stanza found in traditional Haiku 


3/9/16

The soft rain like velvet on my face – when did you last touch me like that?


3/10/16

Even if the world is going mad, the tiny white snowdrops so sweet!


3/17/16

Planting seeds all day in starter trays– mustard greens, kale – your little babies.


3/18/16

Windy, sudden rain, dark skies, then sun – mind like the March weather today.


3/30/16

Rain, sun, the dead grass grows –

God, I wish these old bones could turn green again.

 A wonderful reading by Barbara on archive.org:

https://ia800203.us.archive.org/32/items/NewEnglandCollegeNewEnglandCollegeSeniorReading/03Papparazzo.mp3


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