This year we welcome 21 new voices to the program in addition to many returners and to those participating in the “Page One Literary Art Gallery.” So we anticipate the embodied spirit of creativity to fill us. The festival celebrates famous and not-yet-heard-of writers of many different styles, standing alongside one another remembering the joyful power that creativity makes possible. Let us set our stained egos aside and jump headfirst into the stream, joining fellow writers and members of the audience.
I’ve been enjoying Gregory Orr’s book, Poetry as Survival. In one of his chapters, Orr alludes to a D.H. Lawrence poem, reflecting on the last five lines: “What is the knocking? / What is the knocking at the door in the night? / It is somebody wants to do us harm. / No, no, it is the three strange angels. / Admit them, admit them.” I won’t repeat or paraphrase Orr’s smart reflection, but I think any of us who attempt the séance of language know something of the paradox of welcoming that which, at first, may be unfamiliar or even frightening. Writers know that this happens in solitude much of the time, but perhaps for three days in April we all gather and together, openly “admit them.”
See you soon!