Sally Nacker

A Poem's in a Blade of Grass

A poem's in a blade of grass.
As a little girl, this I found
before I knew I knew the grass

or how a poem comes to pass.
I heard a quiet, whistling sound
of poems in the blades of grass.

I came to learn my own compass
by sound around me on the ground.
I knew, I knew, I knew the grass,

the green blades, the widening mass
of hymns, or prayers, on every mound.
A poem's in a blade of grass.

I turn my ear to nature's Mass,
recalling how the subtle sound—
before I knew I knew the grass—

awoke me to a holiness,
before I wrote the sound I found
in poems in the blades of grass,
before I knew I knew the grass.

Winter Boughs

In stillness I wake slow
to the slow return of sorrow.

I study from my window
white boughs drooping low.

A fluffed out little sparrow
sings in the icy glow.

Its song climbs with crescendo
up through the falling snow,

softens my grief, opens, allows,
wakes me to beauty in the boughs.

A Visit to Fort Juniper

—Amherst home of late poet, Robert Francis (1901-1987)

I sat inside his little house
all built out of hurricane pine.
Trees that had fallen in the gales
became his shelter, his design.

The house stands as the poet lived:
low to the ground, safe from high wind.
The house has windows on four sides
to view outside, and to view in.

I went to sense the solitude
the poet found there near the woods;
the solace and the quietude.
Sometimes he would not speak for days;

his sound was all within himself.
The poems found their way within,
the poems found their own way out.
A room for sleep, a small kitchen,

is all he built, all he needed,
and one room warmed by a fire's glow.
Sitting in his small wood home, I
knew I was meant to come. I know.


After receiving recognition as finalist (Fairfield Book Prize), semifinalist (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry), and honorable mention (Homebound Publications), Sally Nacker's first book, Vireo, was published by Kelsay Books in February, 2015. Shortly afterwards, she was invited to be a featured poet with her book at Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference in Madison, CT. Vireo has been taught at the college level. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Fairfield University in 2013. Sally resides in New England with her husband and their two cats. Please visit her website at www.sallynacker.com.


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Alice has worked as an arts educator for nearly twenty years for a variety of organizations including BRIC Arts, The Laundromat Project and The Studio Museum in Harlem. As a pioneer in the field of socially engaged art at the local level, Alice has been recognized and selected to develop arts education curriculum for organizations such as HI-ARTS (Harlem, NY), Dr. Richard La Izquierdo School and Miami Light Project. She has also been a panelist discussing community-engaged art for events at Brown University and The Devos Institute of Arts Management.

As a painter, Alice maintains both a studio practice and an extensive body of work as a muralist. Her work have been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of the City of New York, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, UN Women and the Museum of Contemporary Art in DC. She has been commissioned as a mural artist for projects in Amsterdam, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and across the United States by organizations and museum including: Knox-Albright Museum, Buffalo, NY; Worcester DCU (Worcester, Massachusettes); Wall Therapy (Rochester, NY); La Mama and Fourth Arts Block (NYC); Miami Light Project (Miami, FL); and, Chashama (Harlem, NY), among others.

Alice's mural and installation work has been constructed in galleries and public spaces as part of site-specific arts education and community development projects. Her work often engages local neighborhoods and reflects positive visual responses to social issues. Her process activates a shared space of love, hope, optimism and healing as a means to connect with participants. Frequent topics include identity, unity, migration and the sacred feminine.

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