Singing Words: Celebrating Poetry, Music, and the Creative Spirit

“Singing Words: Celebrating Poetry, Music, and the Creative Spirit”
(This event was made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities Council and Governor Wentworth Arts Council)
August 9:
1:00 p.m. at The Pinckney Boathouse at Brewster Academy there was a poetry reading by Bar Harbor poet, Christian Barter, who conducted a workshop entitled “What Place Is This? The Unanswered Question in Poetry.” This poetry workshop focused on the art of the open question in poetry. There was a discussion about the ways in which unanswered questions have been used in poems by Keats, Yeats, Sandburg, Bishop, Frank Bidart and Langston Hughes in his poem “Harlem.” Participants looked at their own work and experimented with ways of introducing unanswered (and possibly unanswerable) questions into their poems to open them up, probed at meaning beyond what we are able to assert, and were surprised by new directions and perhaps even new ways of seeing. Participants should brought two or three poems which they felt have not reached their full potential. We worked on changing them through questions, then discussed what we have.

At 7:00 p.m. Wordsong at the Sandy Martin Gallery in Wolfeboro where one text was presented in multiple, newly composed settings and was the focus of directed conversation among composers, performers, and audience. The text wasLangston Hughes’ “Harlem” and was performed by vocalist Aaron Engebreth and pianist Alison d’Amato. WordSong’s goal is to reconnect musicians and listeners through shared, active artistic experiences. It is a public conversation about intuitive musical understanding. Theologian Elizabeth Nordbeck was at both events to engage the artists and audience in conversation and explore the connection between creativity and spirituality.

Howard Frazin and Thomas Schnauber of Wordsong

Made possible in part by a grant from the Putnam Foundation of the New Hampshire Charitable Trust

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