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Sheila Sondik, Fishing a Familiar Pond--poetry

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Sun, 09/08/2013 - 4:00pm
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1200 11th St
98225-7015 Bellingham
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The stunning poems by artist and poet Sheila Sondik are spare as haiku, and layered with narrative, emotion, and the search for meaning. She accepted an invitation to be one of only 85 poets invited for the National 2013 Pulitzer-Remix, and her poems are composed with random bits of text from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ The Yearling. The poetry is an extended meditation on themes from the novel, including the loss of childhood innocence, our essential bond with the natural world, self-reliance, and the complexity of familial love.

Fascinated by the creative interplay of randomness and order, and influenced by Japanese and Chinese art, Sondik is an accomplished printmaker as well as a poet. Nine of the poems in the chapbook are tanka, a Japanese 5-line form. The covers and title pages reproduce two of Sondik’s prints. Fishing a Familiar Pond is a collection of 30 poems, printed, folded, trimmed and sewn by poets inside Egress Studio, Bellingham.