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(@cj_martin)
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11/09/2016 3:09 pm  

Use this thread to post notes from/responses to any of Norma's readings (past/present/future). See previous topics for upcoming readings.


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(@michaelcross)
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12/09/2016 1:33 am  

Thanks for setting this up, CJ, and this might be a good time to mention that CJ set up this entire website!! Thank you so much for your help on this!


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(@laynie)
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15/09/2016 12:53 am  

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for setting up this space!  The last time I saw Norma read was here in Philadelphia at Temple in 2013.  I wrote a poem for Norma while she read, composed with much of her language.  Here it is below.  

I remember the calm in the room, the slowing of time as we entered her words. I remember being pulled into her language. Word by word, page by page. I remember Norma, your elegance and how the words behaved differently scrawled in a notebook.  An attempt at deeper listening- catching some particular words- and therefore the moment in which they were spoken, become strokes on a page. A legible movement which is the culmination- or duration of the reading. Your words moving associatively, becoming their own creatures. You gave the words back to yourself. And to us. Each one met newly.  Thank you.

 

I look forward to reading more from everyone here.

xo

Laynie

 

Amulet for Norma Cole

This moment of recognition

“The flour is pine the tables fur”

Daughter’s paper,  if mirror

Obeys pocket-harp

Buckles balcony

Has anyone written

that painting, she asked

Walk together eroded

Which city which memory

We reinvent ourselves each

Fur-pine, table-child

Climate-dish, sidewalk-pocket

Tenant-fig, scorpyn tree

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Elixir: of a very narrow bridge

 

 


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(@michaelcross)
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15/09/2016 7:51 am  

Hi Laynie:

It's so great to see you here! I hope you're well! Can you send me this poem as a separate PDF so I can include it in the "Community Contributions"  section of the website? Thanks!


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