Poetry Reading & Salon

with Barbara West

October 12th (2017)

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    Room: Main Shrineroom

    Fellow Shambhalian from Davis, California, will join us for a reading of her new book of poetry  "... and I felt the simple sweetness of me".

    You are welcome to join in salon and discussion by bringing your own poem to read as well. 

    Event will include time for "Open Mic" type of sharing.  Participants are particularly invited to bring a poem/offering related to one of the five chapters in the book:

    Where (disorientation, groundlessness)
    Losing (people, objects, elections...)
    Them (including how judgments about "them" reflect back on us)

    Or bring what inspires you!

    Barbara West is the only parent of a 20-year-old son and works as a Wound/Ostomy/Continence Nurse, with prior work in Hospice and Home Health.  She has been writing poetry since age six, but stopped several years ago when her file cabinet filled up.  Thanks to support from the Sacramento and Davis poetry communities, she is thrilled to be writing again. Previously published in Full of Crow, Brevities, Medusa’s Kitchen, Sacramento Voices 2016, Swarthmore College Bulletin, Small Craft Warnings, Common Speaking, Escarp, Ascent Aspirations, and Davis Shambhala Center Newsletter, "...and i felt the simple sweetness of me" is her first published book. Thanks to a history of theater performing and a little time singing with a rock and roll band, Barbara enjoys reciting from memory.  This allows her to use her whole body to present a poem, usually without a mic, since her voice is plenty loud. She also enjoys windsurfing.

    The publisher's website:  www.coldriverpress.com