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Meet the Feature Poet: Toni Wynn

16 May 2016 | admin | Featured Poets

Toni Wynn will be performing as one of the featured poets and conducting a workshop at the Little River Poetry Festival!

As a poet, creative nonfiction writer, arts educator, and museum consultant, Toni creates and learns through the arts. She’s always recruiting artists to collaborate on limited-edition print publications and arts experiences.

Toni’s writing, which often looks at science, politics, and the natural world, is featured in anthologies and journals such as poecology.com, Black Nature and The International Review of African American Art. Toni is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She sometimes blogs about the vagaries of motherhood at Call Your Mother.

From the archives…

Returning to the Breath

Look into the space of a room.
It could be a park, there’s so much air.
Bring in eighty people off the street.
Even with their mountains of disbelief,

their seas of retold stories,
you can see beyond them.
You can tell there’s room.
Still, for all your feel-good insights,

your dearth of suffering has you disturbed;
you can’t discern if you’ve given enough.
Slumped inside a catnap, you dream of whales
breaching at close range.

Are you looking to be astonished into action?
It’s fine as well to rise into deeper, richer sleep.

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The Little River Poetry Festival is a retreat for poets to enjoy the beauty and scenery of Floyd, Virginia for a weekend in June.

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