Come Gather ‘Round the Fire

If you’ll be in or near the Salt Lake area this coming Saturday (February 25) come join me and a baker’s dozen or so of my fellow poets and Fire in the Pasture contributors at Ken Sanders Rare Books for a group reading and book signing.

Here’s how Scott Renshaw stoked the event’s flames in Salt Lake City Weekly‘s moreESSENTIALS section:

Fire in the Pasture Poetry Reading

It’s easy for gentiles to get goofy and smug about the kind of “art” that comes out of the LDS faith.

But visual artists, writers, filmmakers and others have found a depth and richness that gives the lie to easy stereotypes.

This weekend, Ken Sanders Rare Books hosts a group poetry reading and signing for the new collection Fire in the Pasture: 21st Century Mormon Poets. The book collects the work of 82 poets infusing their explorations of history, love and the natural world with an ever-present spirituality.

Editor Tyler Chadwick hosts the event, which features contributors Laura Baxter, Lisa Bickmore, Sarah Duffy, Alex Caldiero and Alan Mitchell, among more than a dozen participants. Come learn the truth contained in the lines by Neil Aitken in the Fire in the Pasture entry “Letter Fifty”: “Someone, I tell you, will remember us/ if only by what remains in these letters.”

So to recap: here’s the nitty-gritty:

What: Fire in the Pasture Poetry Reading
Where: Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 S. 200 E., Salt Lake City, Utah (801.521.3819)
When: Feb. 25, 7pm
Who’s invited: Everyone

I hope to see you there.

Science, Art, and Spirit at the Bluff Arts Festival, Part Two

Traditionally, two arts have most bent our ear: music, whose relationship with the ear is a long-running whirlwind courtship; and poetry, an art that in its earliest days hung all its hope upon the openness of the aural corridor running to the mind.  Music has retained its, shall we say, aural tradition.  Few people read the score for Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67″ or even the sheet music for Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild” to engage those works’ full effects.  Continue reading “Science, Art, and Spirit at the Bluff Arts Festival, Part Two”