“Solstice: The Turning Point” – Glen Helen Reading Returns

Glen Helen Reading poster

by Ed Davis on November 26, 2013

The Sequel…

We all know that Hollywood sequels often fail to live up to expectations, the producers’ as well as our own. But here’s hoping the second annual Glen Helen poetry reading exceeds last year’s impressive turnout, magic and intensity.

On Friday, December 13, 2013, Tecumseh Land Trust and Glen Helen Ecology Institute are once again sponsoring a poetry reading from 7-9 pm in the Vernet Ecological Center, 400 Corry Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio, near the Antioch College campus. After nearly one hundred people turned out for the first solstice/holiday poetry reading at Glen Helen last year, this event seems likely to become an annual Yellow Springs tradition.

New Joins the Old

This year’s theme, “Solstice: The Turning Point,” has drawn twelve scheduled poets from Southwest Ohio. Asked by Tecumseh Land Trust to once again facilitate the event, I decided to choose all-new poets as scheduled speakers and alter the format ever so slightly to better accommodate audience members who want to read a poem.

Poets from Dayton, Troy, Oakwood and Kettering will join well-known Yellow Springs writers like Bill Felker, writer of the The Yellow Springs News weekly column “A Yellow Springs Almanack”; and Maria Booth, who represented Yellow Springs in the National Poetry Slam in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2002. Also, two students and a new faculty member from Antioch College will join professors from Wright State and Sinclair.

Plus, this year equal time will be devoted to open mic following the wine and cheese reception. I’m hoping that many of last year’s poets will return to join anyone else who wants to share a poem, as time allows. Like last year, there will no doubt be much spontaneity and many surprises.

The Turning Point

I’m especially eager to see the creative ways with which this year’s poets handle the theme, proposed by Tecumseh Land Trust’s executive director, Krista Magaw. Variety, diversity, humor and intensity should reign, as poets interpret “Solstice:  The Turning Point,” literally or metaphorically. No doubt the natural will exist alongside the metaphysical, there’ll be whimsy as well as wisdom, and the deadly serious will enjoin the comic.

The Challenge

Can we exceed last year’s turnout, the sense of excitement and enchantment? Will a reverent hush once again descend on this secular chapel at woods’ edge? Will words literally and figuratively steal our breath? Will we find enough light to see us through the darkness till days begin to lengthen? Please join your energy to ours and see.

 

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