This couplet ends her poem, “As Imperceptible as
Grief.” There was something about the poem that
moved me. I wasn’t quite sure what it meant at
the time, I only knew I had to memorize it, had
to have its syllables tattooed into my memory.
As if to know something that beautiful would
make the world more beautiful, make me more
beautiful Which it did.
I’d forgotten this until recently when my
ten-year-old daughter picked up a book of
Dickinson’s letters. Later, she said, “Mom, I
didn’t understand a single word I read, but I
couldn’t stop reading. And now, I think that
book is haunting me.”
Poems do that—they meet us right where we don’t
yet know we need to be met. It’s why I read
poems every day—a way to re-know the world, to
discover, as William Carlos Williams would say,
“the news.” Reading poems makes me somehow more
human, more open to life. And to write poems
every day does the same thing. It’s a
willingness to be found. By beauty. By pleasure.
I hope you’ll join me at a
reading or writing workshop (link this
to schedule) soon, hope you launch into your own
practice of being found.
The Art of Showing Up: That’s the title of
the program I’ll be co-leading in late July in
Ontario. Meditation, poetry and looking at art—all
ways to help us be more available to the moment.
Speak Up: In June, I was awarded the
BlackBerryPeach Prize, a contest for spoken word
sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry
Societies. And to make matters better, they
nominated one of my poems for a Pushcart Prize! Soon
I will be able to share a link to a video of my
Responding to Poetry of Presence: My
favorite poetry anthology EVER is Poetry of
Presence, an anthology of mindfulness poems that
explores acceptance, impermanence, compassion,
unity, wonderment, quietude and more. They’ve just
released an online anthology of people writing in
response to these poems,
here. I’m delighted to be in both
collections. Write some poems of your own in
response to both!
Going In—In June I co-led a workshop on
Dreams and Poetry with Corinne Platt. One of the
resulting poems—about going deeper into
ourselves—was picked up in the online magazine
Science and NonDuality.
A Daily Dose of Poetry:
Read my daily poems on my blog.
PDF of Rosemery's 2018 Schedule here!
(for printing and emailing)