Retrospective reflection is a good thing
|Rachael Z. Ikins, featured writer/poet, Word, Revisited, Cayuga Museum (photo by: Lisa Brennan)|
On Thursday, April 26th, Rachael Z. Ikins provided an intimate and well-expressed journey through her writings, which have garnered awards while also sharing anecdotes of a life well-versed in writing in all its various and endearing facets. Introduced by Clare Song Birds Publishing House publisher and editor, Heidi Nightengale, who cited Rachael’s recent recognitions; quipped that they were taught by the same English teacher in school, and they both have become accomplished poets and writers.
With a melodious tone sparked by quick flashes of wit, Rachael was a delightful featured speaker who also recognized other individuals who were influential in her writing career. Her insightful, retrospective reading of her poems gave audience members an appropriate primer in the work of Ikins for followers or first-time listeners. And her Q&A further revealed her unapologetic passion for writing and her methodology for expressions across literary genres
|Ron Van Nostrand, MC (Photo by: Lisa Brennan)|
Heidi Nightengale shared “What I think about when I think about you” and a collection of thoughts as one moves through everyday experiences, and nuances of another as manifested in life issues.
Laura French poignantly expressed thoughts surrounding colors and sight, the range of feelings and emotions; the weight of the box and cremains.
Pat D’Agostino pondered the influence of Eugene O’Neill as she moved the audience through the poignancy of pipe dreams, deferment, sustenance, as well as issues of articulation and action.
Judith Trice read from her first chapbook with themes encompassing coming home and its sense of offerings and reflections, the sanctity of labor and repetition, the radiance of golden memories, gardening and playing god through dead heading, blooms and buds, hints of mortality and human trespass over the landscape.
Bourke Kennedy reminded the audience of the enchantment of a 4th Birth Day and 2nd grandson while articulating a year past and then a year present, the birth of a little brother, relationships with grandparents, and a pony.
Jennifer Maloney closed out the open mic session with poems that dripped with sensuality and words that traveled over issues of the night shift on Friday nights, boys, and the affects and subtle realities of relationships in the beginning stages of romantic feelings.