It isn’t possible
to describe what happens
when 9 women gather
on the prairie with poet Jane Taylor
for a day of encounter
with landscapes—
of place
and heart.
With photos
and a few poems
perhaps you can get a hint
of what it was.

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Jane’s Zip poem
(each line, the number of syllables)
for Turtle Rock Farm’s zip code, 74651:
Rain has filled the pond again
defeating drought
two inches at a time.
I love the way it
lives.

Emmy Ezell’s Zip poem
for 79014—Canadian, Texas,
(in the panhandle):
Prevailing winds shape this world
Mesa, valley, sand hill, north-bent tree
Curl of stetson, squint of eye
Grit
of character.

My Hinge Poem
for “Turtle Rock,”
its letters beginning each line:
Too, we come to
Understand
Real life and real
Time as old as stone
Like that ancient ocean dried yet
Ever
Rolling
Over the
Crest of
Kildeer’s plaintive call.

And Candace Kreb’s
“Hinge Poem for Turtle Rock Farm.”

This wild prairie
unbridled until the homesteaders arrived,
ran fences, built structures, drilled for water, survived;
their confident vision
latticed the landscape with livestock and crops,
etched the occasional pond into shallow low spots.

Random human imprints?
Or rather don’t we all inherit our ancestors’ dreams—
continue them or reject them or re-imagine what they mean?
Keepsake lake a reminder: the horizons closer that it seems.

 

And there’s this!
Jane’s latest book of poetry
Pencil Light,
premieres 6:30 p.m. May 28
at Cafe Society’s monthly gathering
at Artspace at Untitled
1 NE 3rd Street (Bricktown)
Oklahoma City.
Jane will read
and there will be an exhibit
of pencil drawings by various artists
inspired by Jane’s poems.