Documenting an immigrant family from the early 20th century, Sonia Alland addresses
sensitive psychological threads and transformations as she observes her family with
“Underneath her sadness was a strength invisible to me. How could I perceive that
somewhere in her was that hardy 11-year-old determined to measure up to the demands
put on her … Only now, do I realize that the image of my mother as a helpless victim
was sorely limited. What was essential—her ingenuity, her resilience—was missing.”
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Contributions by: Robert Beveridge, Karen Bourque, Carol Casey, Matthew Feeney, Mike
Emmert, Susan Entsminger, Gary Hotham, Diane Marquart Moore, James B. Nicola, Simon
Perchik, Luci Shaw, Chuck Taylor, Robert B. Shaw, and Paul Willis
Poems and refrains punctuated along a moving sidewalk space-time mural of New York
City. Rhythmic clamor and musical riffs embedded in the strokes and colors of the
accompanying artwork. The engaging English translation complete with rhyme and alliteration.
With a downbeat of “Earthy sewer fumes” the dance begins, to lace together earth
and sky, solid and vapor. Enter the metro of mysticisms, opening to tender human
truths. Writers and musicians; dreams and imagination; a collective creative force
Mirrors progresses seamlessly along explorations of the physics and concepts of perspective;
the sensual and visual; sound and words; motion and rest. Clouds enter; creeks enter;
streams swell, the force of water grows—to an epistemological crescendo. Observing
from far space and then easing to earth—following rivers of experience and then diving
into the individual. Concise meditations to challenge and liberate.
In Sundown at Faith Regional, Barbara Schmitz offers Heart Medicine which “drops
the pain body”—an invitation to let go to the rhythms of her love songs to life.
Death and childhood; memory and forgetting; family cacophonies and inventions of
relationships. Detachment and acceptance, like ‘the indifference cloak,’ creates
a liberating energy. “The wings to the heart the Sufis say / are independence / and
indifference,’ and the sense of humor at our failings becomes the success. Laced
with “beauty, the lyrical pain,” we drink an elixir of laughter and tears.