Poems Written at Little River Poetry Festival

26 June 2016 |by admin | 0 Comments | Other | ,

There was a lot of poetry reading at the Little River Poetry Festival, but there was also plenty of writing as well…

Check out the poems left on the poetry board in the tent!

Haiku on the River by Dave King

With wind-shaped branches,
from afar, tranquility,
how fond illusion!

Untitled by James Bane

Capture scenes as they happen
with ink, before the sound
and colors flit away.

Meadow Haiku by Judith Stevens

Mown grass beckons me.
A gathering of poets
and the river waits…

Two Haiku by Eva Poggi

I. Kayaking

Little rivers make
big reflections of free souls.
Natural mirrors!

II. Birds

Songs of life for free –
making music from the trees
Living through all birds!

Hollywood Geography by Brian Magill

Pine barrens a mile from A.C.
Jersey devil waltzes into town
Norfolk only hour from D.C.
Virginia Beach full of palms
and cliffs overlooking waves.
Odd how everywhere
resembles B.C. or L. A.

Poem by Eileen Niemi

You can’t hide your heart
behind words

Like love,

Because living water washes
over them

Until everything is clear.

Flapping Towards Freedom by Emagery

More simple, the more
nature heals me.
Poetry fest is an escape for me.
Already more free,
in these mountains
working towards stress-free.
Today, it doesn’t matter who
did what to me,
like these birds taking in
the breeze under lifted wings.
I lift my wings,
I sing the song of Maya’s caged bird.
Flapping is freedom.
Lifted wings, flapping towards freedom.

Protest Poem by Jack Callan
As my hike descended
to the lower hills of farm,
before the light faded,
I felt a presence.
Blackberry radar told me
something big,
dark, subtle would follow me
further down, if I went,
and I might now make it out.

So I stopped
to record my poem
before I could be eaten, so that
my last words, penned in tribute,
to the lord of this realm, would remain.

I ate no blackberries, walked out backwards,
made my retreat without incident,
grateful to have met my silent assassin
on his terms, yet live.

He was dead in a week:
one arrow from a strong bow
meant for a deer in bow-hunting season. Three hundred fifty pounds.
He was beautiful, pure, worthy of eating me,

For months, his magnificent pelt haunted me,
casually covering my friend’s front porch floor.
Something in me protested
a taking I could not fully understand, and
something else.

I found I missed my fear and all its dimensions,
from childhood time in dream: nightmare,
pursued, but never caught –
always escaping.
Then, finally free, one day,
to eat blackberries.

Poetry on the River by Judith Stevens
(an Ekphrastic poem, written while paddling down The Little River)

Turtle rock slumbers; morning birdsong beckons.
The river burbles an invitation.
Goodbye, tent. Goodbye, meadow.
Our sturdy kayaks dot the wide expanse of water –
bright, multicolored petals floating downstream,
poet-paddlers hunched over their notebooks.

Butterfly hops the bank – a splotch of yellow, trimmed in black.
Mud swallows dart into grasses lining riverbank.
Who lives in these intricate burrows? (Muskrat and otter)
Prehistoric rocks jut forward, taking huge bites of river.

Holy silence envelopes us, folds us close
as seven poets negotiate notebooks, pens, paddles.
An occasional boulder startles us from our reverie.
Mourning dove tolls the hour; tiny bugs skate beside us.
Queen Anne’s Lace nods encouragement as we pass.

The sounds of the river –
whispering, chanting,murmuring –
healing songs of praise steal inside us
Rhododendron forest tiptoes to the water, dips its toes.

We follow a sky-blue trail
to the ancient glacier overhang,
navigate eddies,
ride the rope to completion.

Queen Anne bows her head in silent benediction.

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Chef Perry is whipping up some tasty food for the Little River Poetry Festival!

8 June 2016 |by admin | 0 Comments | Other |

Sneak peek of Chef Richard Perry‘s preparations for the Little River Poetry Festival!

The festival begins in a matter of hours and Chef Perry is pulling out all the stops to bring some delicious food to the hungry poets. Check out the photo gallery for just some of the delicious food he’s cooking up!

Full menu for the Little River Poetry Festival.

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Press about the Little River Poetry Festival

1 June 2016 |by admin | 0 Comments | Other |

The Little River Poetry Festival is making a big splash!

Check out some of the press we’ve already received. Thank you to everyone who has written about the Festival so far and we look forward to seeing you there on the big day!

Poetry on the Water, Roanoke Times: Art & Extras

Coming in June: Floyd’s First Poetry Festival, Loose Leaf Notes

Jack’s Back, Loose Leaf Notes (an article about co-founder, Jack Callan, and his art)

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Poetry Fuel: Food During the Little River Poetry Festival

30 May 2016 |by admin | 2 Comments | Other | ,

Check out the amazing spread Chef Richard Perry is catering for the Little River Poetry Festival!

Friday

Dinner: $20 per person
Grilled Mojo-Herb Chicken (chafer)
Hot Smoked Salmon with dill-caper-red onion crème fraiche (cold)
Lemon Grass-Coconut Milk Rice (chafer)

Cold Salads
Buckwheat Tabbouleh
Seaweed Salad
Baby Lettuces
Kale Slaw with sesame oil
Fresh Fruit Salad with Mint and Sorghum
Homemade Tiramisu (no raw eggs)

Saturday

Breakfast: $10
Frittatas (Hot in chafer)
Vegetarian with fresh garden vegetables, local cheese, one with sausage/bacon
Coffee Breads, Muffins, Scones
Fresh Fruit Salad
Yogurts
Coffee

Lunch: $15
Assorted Sandwich Meats (turkey, beef, pork; cooked in-house)
and Sliced Cheeses
Fresh Breads
Our Remoulade Sauce, Mustard, Lettuces, Pickles, sliced Tomatoes
Tomato-lemon Basil Gazpacho
Apple/Pear/Raisin and Walnut Salad with Honey and Fresh Yogurt
Carrot-Cucumber-Sweet Onion w/ Fresh Basil, Olive Oil and Cider Vin.

Dinner: $20
Coconut-Cashew Mahi-Mahi with Brown Butter Rum Sauce
Smoked Cider Cured Whole Chicken smoked tomato vinaigrette (cut up for service)
Saffron-Tarragon Rice with Sweet Peas
Sweet Potato Soufflé
Sesame Green Beans with “Our Log” Shiitake Mushrooms
Grilled Vegetables Lasagna
Made with our homemade pasta & ricotta cheese, fresh tomato sauce, fresh herbs

Apple-Peach-Berry Cobbler with whipped Cream

Sunday

Breakfast: $10
Wild Mushroom, Leek and Apple Strudel
Mini Fruit Muffins
Quiche
Broccoli-Zucchini-Cheddar
Asparagus-Bacon-Tomato-Dill Asiago
Fresh Fruit
Coffee

Lunch: $15
Fried Herbed Chicken Fingers
Shrimp and Asparagus Salad
Spiced Pickled Beets with Oranges
Scallion-Herbed Potato Salad
Our Fermented Vegetable Slaw
Fresh Fruit Salad
Triple Chocolate Cake

Menu items are subject to change. For more information on Richard Perry, check out his website.

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