Welcome! This is the very first entry on our brand new website for LeelanauPoets.org!
We’re going to be filling fill these pages with all manner of poetry world information to entertain, educate, elucidate and promote the work of poets from the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan.
From writing prompts to online classes, in person workshops to gatherings at local vineyards and beaches where we’ll commiserate about our ancient art over victuals and viticulture.
Though we usually write alone and quietly offer our words to small audiences, here we can learn to inspire one another and collaborate with unexpected co-conspirators who move in the world of paint and cameras illustrating or instigating the creation of poetry.
Take a moment and explore this project, CONSENSES, created by Sally Taylor, daughter of Carly Simon and James Taylor. This fresh idea of collaborations across disciplines is ripe with possibilities right here in Leelanau where we have a wealth of creative souls itching to play together. Let’s make it happen.
Have a look at Consenses and follow this blog to see what we are up to next! Watch the video that explains exactly how this game of art works and the astonishing final shows that are possible.
Back in 2018, my friend and former Lansing area photographer, Jane Rosemont, submitted a haunting photograph she called- Dream House to the Consenses Monthly Challenge. I rose to the occasion and wrote a poem for her photo and five others joined as well offering their interpretation of the photo using their own mediums. It was pretty cool to get an email from Sally about my poem. Go test your writing chops out there in the newest Monthly Challenge!
The possibilities of this type of collaborative project could evolve into a phenomenal Leelanau Exhibit with dozens of pieces all coming to life from one, original source.
Jane’s photo, my poem and others…
Let’s have some fun,
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