Wednesday, October 30, 2013

off the page poetry series on Wednesday. November 6. 7pm

You are invited to Friendswood Public Library's Off the Page Poetry Series. A poetry reading with award-winning poets Terry Jude Miller, Vanessa Zimmer-Powell, and UHCL professor Dr. John Gorman.  

Wednesday, November 6th at 7pm 

Walking by the clustered ginger
I knew I should have it
if not for words alone
to celebrate how it rolled off my tongue
to say it softly
ginger  clustered  yellow green 

It grows wild
you have to cut it back
create a frame
tame it
so that it doesn't spread
but my eye likes it long, endless out of control
fields of clustered ginger 

I think of the wild blackberries
that I fought against in my back yard
the more I crushed them
the hardier they became
strangling what I chose to plant 

It wasn't until Hurricane Ike arrived
drowning everything in salt
that I missed them
and wished I would have enjoyed
more of their tart sweet black fruit

~Vanessa Zimmer-Powell
Vanessa Zimmer-Powell is a lover of language, literature, and poetry, who was born in New Orleans. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English from the University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelor of Sciences with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. She works as a speech and language pathologist in Houston. When she is not working, she enjoys writing poetry, doing yoga, swing dancing, playing as an aerialist in fabric, and enjoying art in Houston. Vanessa is a member of the Houston “Poets in the Loop”. Recent publications include the 2013 Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology, di-verse-city, the 2013 summer edition of Harbinger Asylum, the 2013 Round Top Poetry Festival Anthology, and the 2011 & 2013 Houston Poetry Fest Anthology. She was published in the 2013 fall edition of The Avocet, and was also a 2013 juried poet at the Houston Poetry Fest. She has been a featured reader at each reading of the Rice Gallery “Words and Art” reading series. Prior to moving to Houston in 2010 she hosted the poetry open mic at Mod Coffee Shop in Galveston, and was a member of the Galveston, “Poets Round Table.”

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