Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Poetry as Art

Our Napa County Poet Laureate, Leonore Wilson, is working on a great project with Arts Council of Napa Valley to create broadsides (framed poetry). I am honored to have one of my poems (read below) included in the show! According to Leonore, the broadsides will be touring businesses around Napa. Hope you have a chance to see my poem displayed and can read it along with others in person now appearing at Alexis Bakery and Cafe, 1517 Third St., Napa, CA.

When We Go to Lunch

We shall all wear hats
And long floral skirts in the garden
We’ll sip lavender tea and sparkling wine
And agree to surrender our burdens 

When we go to lunch we shall trust that our hats
Hold most of our secrets within
We’ll eat all our words from silver spoons
And tighten silk bows at our chins

All of our hats shall have a wide brim
To protect the aging of skin
All of our hats shall shadow raised brows   
From the gossip we revel in

When we go to lunch we shall try other hats
Stylish or garish or sweet
When we go to lunch we shall dare all our hats
To flee when we sit down to eat

Barbara with her broadside.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Traffic Jamming

We call them the Wheeler family
Follow their trailer full of wheeled possessions
Toy trucks, bikes, coolers, and tubs
Back into town
Usually we whiz right by here
Now we can see everything
Including the wings on a lady bug
A joke, but it’s true
Hot pink poppies
In the golden brush
Signs: Step in
Taste our Zin
DINER, Biscuits and Gravy
A rusty garden
Of metal sculptures
A real garden
Trucks, tractors stand
In their oxidized frames
Of another generation
At the Vineyard Hotel
Swimming pool
Nobody swims
And the little magnolia tree
Blooms big and white
At it’s center
Up ahead
White Suburban
Leaves big gap in line
The nerve
Of some people
Cherry stands
Make us hunger for dinner
The Boon Fly Café
Has the best sign