World Poetry Proudly Presents Pamela Sackett from the USA!

 Ariadne’s notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Vivian Davidson warmly welcomed Pamela Sackett  and her husband Daniel for a great interview to launch her new book:

Book launch info: Banyen Books & Sound FREE author event.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:30-8:00 PM .Reading/musical interludes, Q&A signing.https://www.banyen.com/events/sackett

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Welcome poem to the poet by Carolyn Mary Kleefeld,  e-poem by Leigh Nelson. To hear the radio show: CLICK HERE!

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Pamela Sackett is a multi-disciplinary writer, teaching artist and performer using the arts for social change through international literary and dramatic arts venues, academic, therapeutic, social service settings and broadcast media. Pamela founded Emotion Literacy Advocates (ELA), an arts-based, non-profit organization that creates and produces learning tools incorporating language and visual arts, theatre, music and science to address cultural and environmental issues with social-emotional awareness. Among the tools spear-headed and produced by Pamela are “The Full Spectrum Birthday Song” helping adults protect and support childrens mental health and self-confidence and an animated musical short, “The Ducks & Us Songbook Movie,” encouraging personal responsibility and providing examples of social-emotional factors in environmental stewardship. The short was an official selection at the 2011 Salish Sea Ecosystem Film Festival in Vancouver, B.C., screened across Washington state, and plays in perpetuity at The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Pamela’s series of theatrical monologue books, “Two Minutes To Shine,” are published and distributed by Samuel French, New York. Her books of rhythmic prose “Speak of the Ghost: In The Name of Emotion Literacy” and “Saving the World Solo” are distributed through ELA. Pamela is the 2013 recipient of Antioch University Seattle’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Excerpt from Pamela Sackett’s “Booing Death (with Shpilkes & Rhyme”)Copyright 2013 Pamela Sackett. Published by Emotion Literacy Advocates . www.emolit.org

Half-Green

I saw a big brown leaf in the park
three hands wide
it lay on the ground at the foot of a tree
the sight of it moved me to cry
some kind of gorgeous
some kind of grace
some kind of elegant
so easy to face it’s death

I want to fall like a leaf
when it’s my time
I want to fall to a brave voice calling
I want to fall and fly like in a dream
no hoisting and no hauling

I want to fall in a field that floats on water
on water that floats on air
I want to fall as silken lace, in the space of everywhere

I want to fall in step with breezes that sweep
I want to fall like a song that encircles my sleep
I want to fall like the eased breath of permission

I caught myself
wishing
as I sniffed the leaf’s sweet smell
I caught myself wishing
I could die so beautifully well
to loosen the hold
at the end of my stem
to cascade down on the wind’s sturdy hem
on a designated day
no hesitation or fear
in the company of likely, designated peers
envy pours over my tears

the brown pages turn
strewn about the moistened earth
telling a tale of order

so, says the tale
the tree remains standing
nothing crucial has died at all
we leaves are merely accessories
mere fodder at the tree’s beck and call
dispensable in the fall

so
I am like the leaf
I am like the leaf
I am like the leaf
after all

(C) Pamela Sackett

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