Exciting news: “Sarabande” will be published in CLOVER, Vol. 2 (Bellingham, WA: Independent Writers Studio) on Sept. 25.
During the past several years, I wrote a poem about Seville, Spain, one word at a time. I called it Sarabande for a street dance I first saw there. Last winter, I entered it in the open competition for Phrasings 5, the 2011 Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and Bellingham Repertory Dance Company collaboration of writers and dancers, not expecting it to be considered.
I was overwhelmed when I was asked to read it at the April 1 performance.
Following is the roster of poets and choreographers and the works chosen to be to read or choreographed at the performances:
Poems to be read:
Bug Music by Joe Mackey of Bellingham
Collection by Jim Milstead of Bellingham
Just Sail by Heather Bennett of Everett
Sarabande by Richard Lee “Dick” Harris of Bellingham
Snail Buddha by Jim Bertolino of Bellingham
3 Visions/Vancouver Island by Rick Hermann of Bellingham
Watching my grandson by Cathy Ross of Seattle
Woman in a Red Dress by Bethany Reid of Edmonds
Housekeeper by Shannon Laws who lives in Bellingham and choreographed by Vanessa Daines
Reunion and back again by Scott Stodola who lives in Bellingham and choreographed by Diane WIlliams
Beachcombing by Katelyn Hales who lives in Brooklyn, NY and choreographed by Ella Mahler
World Cup by Susan M. Schultz who lives in Hawaii and choreographed by Erika Olson choreographer
From Wire Fetters by Katelyn Hales, who lives in Brooklyn, NY and choreographed by Angela Kiser
The Visitors by Cathy Ross who lives in Seattle, WA and choreographed by Sarah Schermer
Taproot by Carla Shafer who lives in Bellingham and choreographed by Fiona Evans
The sun rises in Seville,
echoes Lorca’s daybreak,
dances in orange parterres,
glints Faith’s smile
into barrio shadows,
the sultan’s chair,
and filigreed portico.
Little bees collect
honey on bitter orange
golden dew on
and bittersweet preserves
on breakfast toast
of Oxford dons.
I look away and rest
my eyes on gold,
ochre, and snowy white.
from the “telly.”
Her sensuous notes
infuse me with
“Love is a bird,”
bitter oranges are sweet
when the tune is played
upon a blue guitar.
To learn about the times, dates, and location of Phrase 5 performances and where to buy tickets, go to Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, www.bhamrep.org.