Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Presenting Barry Spacks

Barry Spacks, the first Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, Californa
will be a featured poet along with Chyrss Yost on Tuesday,
July 12, 2011.

Mr. Spacks has nine poetry collections. N.E.A librettist grantee;
many poetry readings; poems in 18 anthologies and a multitude
of journals, print and cyber; two novels, stories, essays, reviews.
For poems and novels: St. Botolph's Arts Award, Boston.
Singer-songwriter, actor; Literature professor, M.I.T. (1960-1981);
persistently Visiting Professor, U.C. Santa Barbara (Distinguished
Professor in Humanities & Fine Arts, 1991). Senior Vajrayana
(Tibetan Buddhism) student of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.
Two CDs , A Private Reading, from WC Studios, contains 42 poems
(plus chat) from 50 years of work and Selected Poems from Regarding
Women.

Here is a poem of Mr. Spacks entitled What Breathes Us:

Regards to the day,
the great long day that can't be hoarded,
good or ill.
What breathes us
likely means us well.
We rise up from an earthly root to seek
the blossom of the heart.What breathes
us likely means us well.
We are a voice impelled to tell
where the joining of sound and silence is.
We are the tides, and their witnesses.
What breathes us likely means us well.

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