Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Tapestry of Spring

I wanted to share Cat's amazing video so that everyone might see it. So many wonderful poems from blogging contributors are included in this tapestry, all woven together with Cat's remarkable audio, visual, and spoken talents. A true embrace of spring if I ever saw one. It makes me smile with wonder every time I view it.

(My recitation of "Eden," below, is included)

I also wanted to thank you all for the tremendous support and advice given in the comments section of my last post. I couldn't sleep last night, for thinking of new ideas. Always a good sign. :) Anyway, things might be light around here while I'm in the throes. Let's hope this one takes!


james oh said...

Sarah, you too stay cool and easy. Do not be too excited , no good for your heart. Take care,

Catvibe said...

Sarah, Yay!!!! Now we should go off and have a hair braiding session to get ready for May! :-)

Sarah Hina said...

James, thank you for the good advice, but I'm afraid it's too late for that! ;) I do appreciate your stopping by.

Cat, bring it on!!

You done good. ;) And I'm happy to share this piece with anyone I can! I hope you and James are resting on your laurels a bit. :)

Anonymous said...

Catvibe did a wonderful thing bringing all that talent together. Not least of which, yours. :)

Sarah Hina said...

Jason, she did, indeed! And thank you. :)

There is something truly special and elevating about these mixed-media posts.

Aine said...

Wow-- you all are really real... not just text on my computer screen. Who knew?

I love the fuller immersion that the mixed media provides. And nothing beats hearing voices-- it makes writing come alive (especially when read by the author!)

Pssst! Just post some photos of yourself while you're busy with novel ideas.... ;)

Karen said...

Sarah - I don't think I've told you how brave I think you were for reading your own work. By the way, you have a lovely voice and a neutral accent, so it was great! I have a story about my voice and a crow, but that's for another time! LOL

Sarah Hina said...

Aine, is that a dare?? :P We'll see...I may need to go rooting around Mom's treasure trove.

In terms of the readings, I like breaking down those walls, too. I know you were kidding, but there is kind of a jolt when everyday, personal characteristics are finally grafted into our perceptions of the people we know online. A more complete picture emerges. :)

Karen, no way! I think you have to tell that one now! ;)

Thank you for the kind words. I'm not much of a performer (too self-conscious), but there is something different about reading poetry. I really did enjoy this challenge of Cat's.

And I think James deserves a special bow for the richness of his readings. :)

Catvibe said...

Oh yes, James did get more than a bow for his delectable performance. ;-)

David Cranmer said...

What a wonderful marriage of images and voice. All put together so well.

Little Girl Lost said...

dear Sarah,
I heard your poem in Cat's tapestry and fell in love with it, and more especially with your voice. I think it was very brave of you to read out your own poem. And you did a brilliant job of it.
I love your blog. I kept going back to all the older posts to read… hope to keep coming back.
take care. Do visit. And please tell me if you liked my poem…

the walking man said...

I liked the over all tone in the presentation, the pictures floating by on the voices of the various presenters, the careful elocution of some words that could have caused a stumble or tongue to twist done without breaking the continuity from the vocal image to visual.

It is a well done to all the participants. In the world of competition poetry, I as judge, would give it an overall of 9.4

The.6 deduction being in that it didn't carry me all the way out of myself...maybe because I have been longing for a day of decent temperature and did not like seeing the snow covered mountains and ice shrouded branches. *shrug*

All of the participants have a well trained voice for speaking poetry...congratulations to you all. Well, well done in the most difficult assignment in poetry, public speaking of words personal.

Now I do have a question for all of the poets here...Don't you think that writing poetry while a battle of sorts is only a portion of the overall...isn't it meant to be spoken aloud? I am curious...what is the final endgame for any poetry if not public performance though either print or vocal display...I have my own thoughts on this just curious about yours.

Margaret said...

Sarah, I'm a great fan of yours and your poem (read out in your own voice) is just fabulous.

Congratulations on being part of Cat's beautiful "Tapestry of Spring."

Sarah Hina said...

Cat, oh good. The man deserves it. ;)

David, thank you for watching. Cat did do an extraordinary job with the vision of the piece as a whole.

Little Girl Lost, I really appreciate your warm words here. I thought your poem to be quite poignant and beautiful in its melancholy. The last line especially.

And I will try to make it by sometime soon! :)

Walking Man, while I do think spoken poetry heightens the impact of the words running over you, I also think there's a strength in the silent act of reading poetry. In interpreting the words as the reader chooses, and really absorbing them in a way that hearing them doesn't always permit.
Reading them allows a little more digging into the meaning, while hearing brings a more sensual pleasure, probably. For me, anyway. :)

And only a 9.4?? I want to hear from the Canadian judge. :P

Margaret, thank you so much! Every time I see your name and avatar, I feel a twinge of guilt that I haven't gotten over to your blog.

Rectifying that now...

Charles Gramlich said...

Excellent. The voices were so well done. I really liked the variation on the moods throughout. They segued together very nicely.

the walking man said...

UHHHH given the length of winter I would appeal to the Australian judge...although 9.4 is a very credible score allowing one to maintain rank. I've seen a 0.0 or two in my time behind the mic...

Ello said...

Sarah -I love your poem! Sorry I've missed so many posts! Its been a crazy time for me and I just can't keep up with my blog reading sometimes! But the semester comes to an end real soon and I will come back and leisurely catch up. But did I read that your book is coming out next year? SO EXCITING!!!! I hope you do signed bookplates so I can get one for my copy which I am so going to be the first to buy!!!

Sarah Hina said...

Charles, I'm so glad you enjoyed this! It was a pleasure to be part of. :)

Walking Man, I was just teasing. ;) I think a 9.4 sounds close to Olympic Gold. :)

Ello, my friend, it's completely my fault for not coming to your blog in too long. I should be stomped on by your little piggies' hooves!! Repeatedly. :P

Thank you for the kind words here. And yes, of course you're getting a signed copy of Plum Blossoms in Paris! It will be my pleasure. :)