Flash Poetry… ready, set, GO!

DSC_0087Collaboration is invigorating, and when it comes to writing poetry, words from other sources at once challenge and enrich the process. Lesley-Anne has been experimenting with the collaboration potential of social media on her  Pop-Up-Poetry Facebook Page. For the past couple of weeks, Lesley-Anne has posted Call Outs asking Facebook friends to post words or phrases as comments, but only for a short period of time before closing.

Lesley-Anne takes all their submitted words, allows them to percolate until a theme emerges, then braids her own words into a new creation of poetry. The outcomes have been phenomenal. Participants are excited about it. Lesley-Anne sees the synergy and awakening to a new way of fast collaborative creativity as a fun means to build artistic community and challenge her writing.

Lesley-Anne will be sharing some of her Flash Poems at Inspired Word Cafe, this Thursday at the Okanagan Regional Library Downtown Branch from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Here is the latest… Flash Poem #5.

On the Death of Venus

Venus de Milo, her cultivated beauty
on last legs, the fruit of her service cut short.
She receives the blade, reaches way out
on a limb and plucks a feather captured
by a snarl of wood. Creaking and cracking
her limbs give way to the pull of fate.
Even the silence echos the laws of gravity.

Now the question of how to love without fingers
to trace the lip line of the sky, without arms
to swoon heavy in red and gold pendants
over parallel lanes of mown grass. Passing fancy
of passer’s by, supplier to fruit stand
and packing house, we avert our eyes
to such sacrificial progress, we buy American.

My mornings start with the same walk I take
from back door to fence and out to the orchard
that rims the property. There I meet myself
on the return and never speak more than
the simplest of hellos. I leave that to the field.
Salubrious morning, slowly sun-soaked
and ready for feet and the hamstrings of early day.

I kneel now beside her severed stump, drag home
a branch reminder of borrowed views, back gate
access to her heady Spring vibrations of bees
buried in blossoms, her Summer canopy a green
dewdrop heaven, September gleaning. Astonished
by the light in her eye apples in the dead of January
hanging where hope once had dimmed.

I knew a woman once, a first responder
who knelt by a torso and promised
in a calm voice that everything will be OK.
I know nothing of those type of endings.

I am speaking of things untold, things
I do not fully understand. I know nothing
of what came before and what will be, her
reckless ways, her necessary sacrifice.

Word Contributors: John Dorig, Lesley-Anne Evans, Gioia Morris, Vicki Den Ouden, Kelly Pond, Robert Rife, Giovanni Vidotto.
Potter Poet: Lesley-Anne Evans, Poet

Living Creatively.

DSC_0356Each life writes a story, each one of us, a poem.

Lesley-Anne Evans, Kelowna poet, street artist, blogger, passionate creative, wife and mother, knows the delight of creative expression. She seeks ways to inspire joy and community through written and spoken word. In her delicious pairings of poetry and visual images, Lesley-Anne will share her story of creative engagement. Lesley-Anne will encourage listeners to know themselves, discover deeper meaning, and begin to live as one made for passion and fullness.

Purple Vine Club: Business Creativity

Monday, January 27

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

heART School – #5 – 375 Bernard Ave

Tickets – $27.00  Members  &  $37.00 Non-Members

Don’t miss out. Register @ the Purple Vine Club website today.

2013 was a very good year

Thank you to videographer John Dorig for sharing his compilation video from the Inspired Word Cafe last December. And thank you to Rawle James for what he continues to do for creative community in Kelowna, B.C..

Enjoy the video:

The IWC 2014 season begins this weekend, and promises an array of new and familiar voices, stimulating locations, and a growing community of people who have found their voice in the written and spoken word. Lesley-Anne Evans will be returning to IWC as a Featured Artist at the Rotary Centre for the Arts on May 14th, and is invited to read at the Kelowna Art Gallery on April 24th.

IWC creative leader and facilitator Rawle Iam James, continues to lead creative writers to be courageous with words, and not only write, but share in public. (R)evolution through artistic expression, is IWC’s guiding statement.

Inspired Word

DSC_0032Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at 6 pm, Lesley-Anne Evans is reading her poetry at the Inspired Word Cafe at Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna. Lesley-Anne has collaborated at ICW in the past, and returns with excitement.

IWC organizer and poet Rawle Iam James orchestrates multiple Inspired Word Cafe events in Kelowna, including a regular schedule at the downtown Library and Willow Park Starbucks.

You can find IWC HERE on Facebook. Come on out and discover a renewed love for creative expression. You won’t be disappointed.

The sweet side of collaboration…

images-7Presenting the most recent interactive poem. This poem was created from audience word and phrase contributions at Lesley-Anne Evan’s poetry reading at the Mission Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library, last evening.

The poem; Green is a consolation of cedars.

Many thanks to Luanne Warren and the staff at the ORL who promoted the event, provided a welcoming environment with tasty refreshments, and offered Lesley-Anne the creative opportunity to share collaborations of words and music. Thanks to Dörte Meyer for giving of her musical talent, and to a most gracious audience.

Lesley-Anne Evans, In Focus

Warning: Reading this In Focus may make you want to contemplate your life. Lesley-Anne Evans has a way with words that is both profound and challenging. That’s probably why she chose to work with words as part of her daily life. Lesley-Anne is a poet who does poetry installations, performances and interactive Pop-Up-Poetry. She takes the time to be quiet and listen, finding inspiration and then releasing the creativity in herself and others. Lesley-Anne is particularly passionate about young people, desiring to help them find their purpose and see how important and lovely they are. She will be performing her poetry at the Mission Branch of the library on Oct 17th at 6:45 PM. Today Lesley-Anne Evans is In Focus. LINK TO FULL ARTICLE.

Many thanks to Michele Rule, Communications Manager at Okanagan Regional Library, for recommending Lesley-Anne Evans for this feature article at Kelowna Now.

Posters are up…

DSC_0046 Thanks to the marketing team of the Okanagan Regional Library, posters, radio spots, and newspaper ads are spreading word of an upcoming Poetry Reading at the Mission Branch, Kelowna.

Lesley-Anne Evans will read poems and share her experiences of getting poetry out into the community through Pop-Up-Poetry initiatives. Local creative, Dörte Meyer, will provide atmospheric instrumental backdrop to a fun evening of poetry readings, and interactive poetry with the audience.

Sign up on Facebook. Let us know you’ll be there.

Thursday, October 17th @ 6:45 pm

The ORL Mission Branch is located on Gordon Drive, in the Capital News Centre.

Found, a poem

I’m excited to share a new poem, the outcome of a creative audience interaction at Pulp Fiction Coffee House on Saturday night. It’s uncanny how the words of strangers pull together into the feel and intent of this poem.

The event, one of 60 Artists in 60 Spaces celebrating ARTSCO’s 60th anniversary, was well attended and lively. Poetry readings, conversation, and a beautiful atmosphere created by musician Dörte Meyer, made for a memorable evening.

Here then is the poem, aptly titled Anfänger schrumplig, Du bist schön ~ wrinkly beginner, you are beautiful.

Thanks again to ARTSCO and Westbank First Nation for the creative support and opportunity, ARTSCO President Cheryl Miller for a kind introduction, Pulp Fiction for hosting in their unique literary space, Dörte Meyer for calming presence, and everyone who came out and participated.

Interactive poem, coming soon.

Last night, a group of friendly folk gathered at the Pulp Fiction Coffee House in Kelowna, for an ARTSCO 60 Artists in 60 Spaces event, featuring poet Lesley-Anne Evans and the calming atmospheric instrumental and vocals of musician Dorte Meyer.

As the evening progressed, conversations and poems and songs were shared, and the audience were asked to bravely contribute their own words to a found poem interactive exercise. Enthusiasm was strong, and Lesley-Anne gathered up an outpouring of words from the willing audience. She then moved to a quiet space and melded the found words into a new poem which she shared as the final presentation piece of the evening.

The poem will be published here this week. Stay tuned.

Thank you to Max Sloan of Pulp Fiction for your hospitality, to ARTSCO for the honour of participating in your anniversary event, and to the welcoming and enthusiastic audience.

Poetry is taking life by the throat (Robert Frost). And so we did.

Culture Days – Kelowna

DSC_0146Culture Days is a collaborative coast-to-coast-to-coast volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

Artists, organizations and community groups in Kelowna will be hosting free, participatory arts and culture activities during the Culture Days weekend, and you are invited.

I will be performing an unplugged poetry reading on Saturday, September 28th from 1-2 pm,  outside the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Look for me under the City of Kelowna tent. Say hello.

To search for activities in Kelowna, go to culturedays.ca