Charles Burack, Lenore Weiss, & Kendra Tanacea - National Poetry Month Celebration (Sausalito)

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

Join poets Charles Burack, Lenore Weiss, and Kendra Tanacea for an event celebration National Poetry Month

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The natural world comes alive in Charles Burack's Leaves of Light, a luminous collection of poems. The poet meets trees, flowers, birds, spiders, cats, seals, and other wondrous and endangered creatures as equals. They share their wisdom and beauty, love and fear, humor and suffering and inspire in him profound ponderings, playful antics, and startling realizations. Other poems scintillate with the mysteries of human love, loss, death, and celebration. The poem entitled "I Am" won first prize in the international Songs of the Soul Poetry Contest.

Charles Burack is an award-winning poet, writer, teacher, and scholar as well as a creativity coach and spiritual counselor. He is author of Leaves of Light, Songs to My Beloved, and D. H. Lawrence’s Language of Sacred Experience, and his poems, stories, essays, and prayers have been published in magazines and journals around the world. He is completing a spiritual autobiography as well as a collection of poems and prayers entitled Tree of Life. A professor at John F. Kennedy University, he teaches courses in psychology, literature, and spirituality.

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The Golem is a collection that speaks with the voice of a feminist writer who stands on the shoulders of her ancestors, Jewish Hungarian immigrants; “I am not one, but two generations erased.” Spanning an acrobatic cast of characters, the writing is colloquial and also celebrates inventive structures. The book unfolds in three movements: Past Perfect, Present Tense, and Future Fictitious, charting a course through love, grief, and death to find the courage in being mortal. These poems travel across the United States to visit New York City kitchens, Silicon Valley cubicles, Louisiana bayous, with humorous dips into pop culture, including American TV’s Judge Judy, Starbucks, and online dating. Whether wondering about Spinoza, or histories of violence, the poems are written with a fine eye to detail. The last section is a stunning sonnet sequence that reinvents the golem myth borrowed from Jewish folklore and the mystical tradition.

Lenore Weiss is enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts Program at San Francisco State University. Her poetry has been published in many journals. Books include Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island, Two Places, and The Golem. She has taught at San Francisco State University and through Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont, California.

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A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees explores life's strains and joys and the human compulsion to create something lasting despite certain entropy. Teardowns, remodels, sex, longing, joy; sometimes tender, sometimes humorous, these poems explore interpersonal relationships of all kinds and embrace the competing impulses of working hard at changing life's course and fatalistic acceptance. Kendra's poems keep the light on in the darkest of places: "Come after midnight, your hand / on the door, and me, lit, humming."

Kendra Tanacea, an attorney in San Francisco, holds a BA in English from Wellesley College and an MFA in writing and literature from Bennington College. A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees was a semifinalist for the Washington Prize and a finalist for the Idaho Prize for Poetry. Kendra’s poems have appeared in 5AM, Rattle, Moon City Review, The Coachella Review, Stickman Review, and Juked, among others.

Location: 
100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965
Leaves of Light Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781944769260
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Published: Apocryphile Press - June 20th, 2016

A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780996858489
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Published: Lost Horse Press - February 22nd, 2017

A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees explores life's strains and joys and the human compulsion to create something lasting despite certain entropy. Teardowns, remodels, sex, longing, joy; sometimes tender, sometimes humorous, these poems explore interpersonal relationships of all kinds and embrace the competing impulses of working hard at changing life's course and fatalistic acceptance.