(Photo credit Marie Louise Follayttar) Moonwings: Synchronicity On Life's Pathwith Martin Steingesser Sunday, October 10, 20212 to 4
(Photo credit Marie Louise Follayttar)
Moonwings: Synchronicity On Life’s Path
with Martin Steingesser
Sunday, October 10, 2021
2 to 4 pm
Held Online via Zoom
Members $15, Non-Members $20
Storytelling carries us forward, sometimes as if on a treasure hunt, through anecdote and song—an idiosyncratic journey following signposts of image and dream, by intuition and accident. Something, be it a benevolent hand, guide, ancestor, or angel, has kept me on a path. In the same way that we can only discern a path a boat has taken as we look back over the stern, I marvel at my own and how right it appears, at the coincidences, synchronicities, and intuitive choices, each like a cairn marking a pathway, leading me from an early, dark abyss within myself, the sense of a widening black maw under the breastbone. Looking back far as I can reach, follow with me as I try to thread a way through where I have been led, seemingly willy-nilly to something ofttimes intangible, unknowable. Maybe that’s it—not an ending, not even death, but an ever-deepening beauty—and mystery.
“I am a man, I am an artist, I am a failure,” wrote e.e. cummings, with whom three chance meetings initiated me to poetry, “a man, an artist, a failure must proceed.” To what do I feel closer? Perhaps it remains elusive, as Rainer Maria Rilke aptly expresses when speaking of the angel who appeared to the wrestlers of the Old Testament: “The eternal doesn’t want to be bent by us,” he wrote. Whoever was beaten by this angel “went away proud and strengthened…this is how he grows: by being defeated, decisively, by constantly greater beings.” A poem of mine will follow at the end of this talk, alive only when embodied, then on the breath and in the listening.
Martin Steingesser is author of three books of poems. He writes: “There are moments speaking poems aloud I love when windows, doors, walls blow off, and I am in a warm, boundless space with whoever is listening.” Martin served as Portland Maine’s Inaugural Poet Laureate from 2007-2009. His poems have also received awards, including the Betsy Sholl Award 2013 and First Place in Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance 2008 Maine Literary Awards. As a Teaching Artist, he was given the Maine Alliance for Arts Education’s 2006 Bill Bonyun Award “for exemplified talent and professionalism as an artist and for contributions to arts education.”
(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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