Talking Gourds Poetry Club
Contact: Art Goodtimes, 708.0387 (cell) or 327.4767 (home)
New poetry group to meet at Arroyo’s wine bar
Under the non-profit umbrella of the Telluride Institute and in collaboration with the Wilkinson Library, Arroyo Telluride and Between the Covers Bookstore, a new poetry group has formed: the Talking Gourds Poetry Club. The first gathering will take place Tuesday, Jan. 8th at 8 p.m. at Arroyo’s fine art gallery and wine bar on 220 E. Colorado Ave.
Although the program will be open to all those interested in poetry, $25 annual memberships will be available. Members will receive regular updates on monthly meetings and special events. Membership contributions will be tax-deductible.
Daiva Chesonis of Between the Covers will be offering chits to all attendees giving a 10% discount on one book at the bookstore. The first member to sign up at the Tuesday inaugural meeting will also receive a free poetry book.
Hosts for the Club will be Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and Art Goodtimes. They will kick off the series with a combined reading of erotic and spiritual poetry – the work of San Francisco poet Lenore Kandel and Persian Sufi poet Rumi (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī), as translated by Daniel Ladinsky. The reading will be followed by an interactive discussion of the work.
“In Western culture, the erotic and spiritual are sometimes seen as opposite poles, but in many traditions – including indigenous cultures of the Americas – they are complementary aspects of the sacred,” explained Goodtimes.
After the reading and discussion, which the Wilkinson Library will film and post on YouTube, there will be an unfilmed gourd circle, where folks can bring erotic and spiritual poetry to share – either their own work or from poets they love, or they can just listen in as part of the circle.
The series will normally be held on the first Tuesday of each month.