Easy listening at library’s Speakeasy V

July 18, 2017

If you have never gone to an author’s reading at a public library or into another venue, then, isn’t it time?

Maybe the following article will inspire you to go to one or –if you have gone to one or several already– encourage you to go back for more:

Gulf Islands Driftwood — Penders Edition

Wednesday, May 3, 2000

Easy listening at library’s Speakeasy V

by Tanya Lester

It is always so inspiring to see how a few candles, a nice backdrop, a congenial host and free-flowing creativity can transform the most utilitarian of places into a venue where spirits soar.

Such was the atmosphere at Speakeasy V held last Saturday in the Pender Library’s multi-purpose room with about 35 people in attendance.

The evening began surprisingly with well-known children’s author Andrea Spalding reading first.

Having attended at least 100 poetry/author readings over the years and often being among the readers, this confused me because the literati, to my knowledge, has still not transcended beyond the pecking order syndrome which dictates that “the best shall read last.”

Not until I had heard the second reader did I catch on. They were all so terrific that ordering waons not needed.

Spalding’s piece was a “first airing” of a story inspired by one of Victor Reece’s mask-making workshops. Named Soloman’s Tree, it is piece as finely crafted as a master carver’s work.

The plot kept “bubbling up,” Spalding said, until she had to interrupt work on a novel to get it down on paper. In the story, a boy is close friends with a tree and talks with it on a daily basis. A storm fells the tree yet its spirit rises in the form of a mask.

In the end, a new tree buds, making Spalding’s final sentence — “A new cycle is beginning”– redundant.

The amazing nine-year-old Naomi van Ginkel Wilde was up next. She has got to be one of the Indigo children my New Age friends are raving about. Her poems concerning nature are truly with lines like “the wind getting the world ready for spring.”

“It’s a really proud thing when your daughter is that hard of an act to follow,” said Lily┬ávan Ginkel Wilde when it was her turn in front of the audience.

Van Ginkel Wilde quickly proved she is her daughter’s mother with a suite of powerful, imagery-packed poems about visitors.

he nade a small brown bird “beat drums and dance about” and a human pregnancy turn into a “winking ruby light” in which “I wait, breath held, for the hatching.”

Baba Yaga and her marvelous bones also made a guest appearance among van Ginkel Wilde’s intricately woven poems.

Leslie McBain, despite enduring a week of overexposure in the Penders Edition, is another poet who presented clearly woven lines last Saturday. Her narrative poems took the listeners to Greece, to Mount Tuam and even to the moon.

In Cycle Sanity, McBain told the tale of “frantic woman/delirious with moon flood” while experiencing PMS.

Her piece about The Linen Waltz, referring to women working to put the laundry away, provided a nicely selected ending to her set when she read about “who gives her side to the other” in “the final fold.”

Amy McCaughran was a teen representative in the line-up. She and her friends added a zany feel to the evening lest we should start to take ourselves just a little bit too seriously.

They contributed things like the “booga, booga, tut, tut” song complete with hand movements. My guess is these pieces were picked up at summer campfire circles.

Interspersed with the poets were musicians Patrick White and Allen Neil, who rounded out the evening with some fine Canadian folk songs. Could any self-respecting Speakeasy be without at least a couple of acoustic guitar players?

Thrown in for good measure were some participants from the audience.

Pamela Brooks did a great job as host and organizer.

If you were one of the unfortunate who missed the evening, you do have at leas one other opportunity to enjoy these writers’ work.

They will be among those featured in the Poetry on Pender Anthology 2000 to be released in July….


Tanya Lester works passionately as a psychic doing tea leaf readings, tarot, mediumship, psychic channeling and gypsy readings. She is also a reiki master and a fulltime housesitter. For more information go to her web: teareading.wordpress.com and/or her pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google. Her email is tealeaf.56@gmail.com and to text/call 250-538-0086

Tanya’s books are Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, Friends I Never Knew (both can be ordered from amazon.com and/or purchased from the author) as well as Dreams and Tricksters and Women Rights/Writes.

To read more posts on this blog of articles and other writing on a wide range of topics, go to writingsmall.wordpress.com and tealeaf56.wordpress.com









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