Susan:Grandmother is in the poems “Giraffe” and “The Dream,” both of which show how close we were. I have journals full of her and a little movie maker thing of some art, but I haven’t set out to commemorate her yet. And as you know, I refer to her unkindness in my blog entry “A Gift.”
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.
We think by feeling. What is there to know?
Poets United: That is absolutely fantastic! You likely reached many people with those performances.
Susan: Next, a series of Quaker clearness committees helped me decide to go to graduate school for theatre—first for a masters and then for a PhD. At the time, I didn’t realize that I would have no time for ground-up organizing for many years. What I did have was a lot of support from my faith, community and grandmother.
Poets United: This is incredibly beautiful. And deep. I love it!Are you still involved in theatre, or performance art?
Do we truly have a safe harbor? A human beinghas a brush for a hand instead of a rock. Whocares more about the yarn than the trapand can we stay and un-spin our luggageshouting as if from Whosville: listen, listen, if only,hear us and meet us and do not eat usand we will spin your tales into gold, anddecorate your bookshelves, world without end
Poets United: I think maybe someone read The Little Engine That Could too many times to me. It's been Uphill ever since, hee hee.Favorite place in the world?
Susan: The two countries I like so much that I have returned more than once are Scotland and Mexico. In Scotland, the Isle of Skye with its ocean and mountains gave me hiking and writing time alone with the spirit of the land and my own spirit.
And Edinburgh University’s summer writing course is where I started taking my writing seriously two summers ago. The city of Edinburgh is a place of international exchange that brings many of my interests together: history, art, theatre, gardens, landscapes, book fair, fringe festival, poets, music, King Arthur’s Seat and other great walking and writing places.
Poets United: What an amazing summer that must have been - the writing, of course, and in such a glorious setting!!!
Susan: In Mexico, I love the little town of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, where I enjoy the food, coffee, colors, language, music and mixture of the ancient and the modern in every area.
Poets United: I wish Canadians could vote, we'd re-elect him in a heartbeat!
This month, my blog link is included in the Sweepy Jean’s Third Sunday Blog Carnival, where my poem “Pushed” is one of the features. Now “Pushed” was my response to a challenge by Brian Miller at dVerse Poets Pub. We are all interrelated, which is fun. I find that the ongoing challenges that we poets give each other through blogging are helping me to grow as a writer.
Well, kids, there you have it! A poet, a Friend, a seeker and speaker of Truth. Isn't it true that the people behind the pens are some of the most interesting folks around? I think we have proof of that in this interview series! Come back to see who we talk to next. Who knows? It might be you!