Sylvia Ashby

Kireji Moments: A Day

"Kireji or cutting words"—there's drama here. A shift, a turn, a signal.
A surprise maybe?

     blooms newly open
     retreat until tomorrow—
          they insist on it

Hold on—What's this? Watch out! Or maybe: Something is omitted here…
left unsaid….

     cutting life in two
     as twilight cuts day to night:
          kireji at work

A new direction, possibly enchanting. Because the world's in flux. Restless.
On the move.

     pearl necklace of stars
     falling into infinity…
          nothing lasts but change

American Dream: Robert Redford

When I was on the bum in Europe I remember spending
one night on the beach at Cannes and looking up at all those lights
in the hotels and wondering what must be going on in all those rooms….

A few years ago I went back to Cannes and after I got past
all the cameras flashing, the caviar, the champagne,
into my room at the Carlson I stepped out— (NEWSWEEK)

                    On the balcony
                         I saw myself looking up
                         at a stranger: me


This past year Sylvia Ashby returned to her theatre roots, appeared in a comedy at Texas Tech, traveled to Eastern MIchigan U. to see a production of her Anne of Green Gables, then while rehearsing in a farce at her local community theatre, journeyed to Minneapolis to see a production of her Secret Garden script.


Sylvia Ashby
Jane Blanchard
Barbara Crooker
Lisa DeSiro
Nicole Caruso Garcia
Andrea Hackbarth
Kathryn Jacobs
Mina Le
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The most recent addition to The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline is Modern Age Japanese Women Poets: Yosano Akiko, Hayashi Fumiko, Kiyoko Nagase, Chika Sagawa by Patricia Callan.

Wendy Videlock was the recipient of the 2016 Mezzo Cammin Scholarship to the Poetry by the Sea conference.

Mary Temple has lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York for the past 20 years. She moved to the borough after completing her MFA in painting and drawing at Arizona State University. She then went on to study at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999.

Mary Temple has exhibited her work throughout the US and abroad. The artist has completed commissioned projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF, CA; SculptureCenter, LIC, Queens, NY; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Rice Gallery, Houston, TX; Western Bridge, Seattle, WA; The Drawing Center, NY; UCSF Mission Bay Medical Center; The Bunkamura Museum, Tokyo, Japan; NYU Abu Dhabi, among many other venues. Her work has been reviewed in publications including, The New York Times, Artforum, ArtNews and Art in America. This year the artist will complete major public projects for the City of New York's Percent for Arts program, at the historic landmark site, McCarren Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as well as at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital's new wing, The Building for a Better Future.

You can view more work from this series and others at Temple's website: marytemple.com.

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