Wednesday, January 13, 6:30 pm
Madelyn Helling Library
Speaker: Alicia Vandervorst, Poet
Alicia Vandevorst has written poetry for over twenty years and studied with Patricia Donegan, Maxine Kumin, and Barbara Jordan, as well as with Arthur Sze at the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference in 2012. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Journal (Number 10) and Canary, A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis. While studying literature at Scripps College, she completed two performance pieces: a poem in four voices, written while researching ‘diaspora’ as a junior fellow of the Scripps Humanities Institute, and a set of four dance chants for Nucleus Expansion, a collaborative project with Professors Ronnie Brosterman and Nobuho Nagasawa. Other major projects include a libretto, a group of poems to accompany the photographs of Daniel Crozet, and a long poem, The Sea Bell Canticle. In 2015, she completed a play, Psyche, that combines poetry and theater, meditation and mask-work. Her other current project is a series of children’s stories, the Zesta Rompolis Stories, based on yogic philosophy, especially The Heart of Self-Recognition by Ksemaraja. She is the mother of two daughters who she home schools through Forest Charter School.
In the shapely sand, I sink my feet.
It is blue and cold, with a crunch of shells,
brittle bells that held the sea
with the ages fused as one out-breath.
Let them crack! the sound that knows itself
contracts, and shells, worlds, minds go black.
They go: as when a thought cannot resolve
and then the baby cries to nurse. You nurse and
the thought returns, freshly cast, and as
her hunger ebbs, it swells into verse.
That curved power supports one work
and then another, the relay of a single
torch. It waxes and slows like a pendulum.
And here are the open ends, the rests, that let
the pivot happen, driven by itself…
from The Sea Bell Canticle, Alicia Vandevorst, 2010