Sap Is Rising: with Poet Susan Windle
This month’s Swerve, will be hosted by Mt. Airy poet, performer, tree-hugger and people lover Susan Windle. Susan writes, “I love sharing poetry with people. I love to be with people who are sharing what has heart and meaning for us, so teaming up with my friends at the Mt. Airy Art Garage for this late winter gathering is a joy! I call this gathering “Sap is Rising” because the life that’s beginning in the trees is moving within us too, and when we come together in poetry and song, that life is strengthened and sweetened. So bring your tree poems, your February musings, your secret stirrings of spring, any writings that bring you closer to this particular moment in the turning of the year— your own words or the words of someone you admire—poetry or prose—whatever you’d like to share out loud.”
Just want to listen and take it all in? That’s fine too. Just come. As always, a soulful jazz backbeat will support and inspire our voices and please our ears, thanks to Tank Keitt and Charles Witherspoon on percussion, drums, and bass.
Just want to listen and take it all in? That’s fine too. Just come. Saturday, Feb. 7 @ 7 pm, 11 West Mt. Airy Ave. (19119). $5 admission. For more information call 215.242.5074.
But each year in February
comes throbbing through
webs of bare branches,
touches my skin,
softens the path
where I walk
to the beat of dripping icicles
and the high flute
of the chickadee.
My womb aches—
I want your song
— Susan Windle
Poet Susan Windle uses her craft to explore and share the wonders of everyday life, to strengthen community, and to challenge the forces of injustice within and without. Relishing the resonances between voices, she collaborates frequently with musicians, visual artists, spiritual leaders and activists. She writes poems for community choirs, for non-profit and progressive organizations, as well as for personal celebrations. Her most recent book, Through the Gates—A Practice for Counting the Omer, is a spiritual memoir and daily guide in letters and poems. Other books include Love Letters, Between the Doors, and Already Near You: Poetry in Concert, a compilation of poems performed with co-creator Ellen Ford Mason.