A poem for Lammas

The Tale and Trial of Tailtu

Here’s to Tailtu, foster mother to deity Lugh
whose day Lammas is. Tailtu prepared Ireland
for cultivation, clearcut demolishing all forest

so Lugh as Wind, as Lightning could open ways
to invention, new worlds of agriculture— laying
waste the trees to feed folk now at first harvest.

Tailtu lay down to die, exhausted. If she hadn’t
sacrificed herself, great Druid oak and ash groves
would still be flourishing to protect and teach us.

In her end is our beginning. Lughnasadh is called
Brón Trogain (Sorrow of Sorrows) to honour all
that’s gone before, all that dies so we may eat.

You can watch our Tales of Tailtu performance, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg6PB6E9cHw. With Eugenia Catroppa, Lyre Alice Jameson, Angela Rawlings (on Skype) Natalie Zina Walschots.and Brian Walsh, Transac Club, Toronto.

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Poetry and Jazz on a midSummer Night

Penn Kemp and Bill Gilliam with Daniel Kolos

Saturday, August 6, 7 pm. StoryRoomToronto, 48 Dalton Road, Toronto M5R 2Y7.

Helwa! Experiencing Ancient Egypt. Egypt is a land of the heart, and the heart of earth’s land mass. Travel with us to timeless realms.  Sample a piece from HELWA! here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM2Jg1Xf39g….

We will also be performing poems from Penn’s forthcoming book, Barbaric Cultural Practice (Quattro Books). These pieces are on the CD, From the Lunar Plexus, which will be available for sale along with Bill’s CDs. Seating is limited. Please note that all spaces are now filled.
Contact Penn@pennkemp.ca or Bill, 416 904 2157.

Daniel Kolos and Penn will be performing “Poem for Peace in Two Voices” in English and in Daniel’s translation into Egyptian hieroglyphs!  You can hear us reading “Night Orchestra” on http://www.mytown.ca/pennkemp.

“What happens when the lyric power of a highly experienced and galvanically charged poet dances in the electron stream? Barbaric Cultural Practice collects a decade’s poetic exploration of digital world absurdities, of the vitality of the earth and its grave needs, and of community. Penn never just reads: she performs, even on the page, and we can’t help but listen. Connect with the surging circuit of her energetic and eclectic words, connect and recharge.” – Susan McMaster

Admission is free with the purchase of the chapbook, Helwa! ($6) or a CD ($20) or by donation.

Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer / pianist who improvises new music compositions. blending influences of contemporary harmony & jazz idioms into his unique style of playing. His recordings include Ensorcell for solo piano; Signposts with piano, percussion & spoken word; & Memory Vision, a DVD with electro-acoustic music & two poems by Penn. www.bill-gilliam.com

Performance poet and playwright Penn Kemp is the League of Canadian Poets 2015 Spoken Word Artist of the Year. She has created several CD’s of sound opera with Bill, including Night Vision. Her latest works are two anthologies: Performing Women and Women and Multimedia. Her new book of poetry, Barbaric Cultural Practice, will be out October 1.

Bill and Penn are next performing September 3 @ 2p.m, Words and Music Salon, Vino Rosso Bar & Restaurant. 995 Bay St., Toronto M5S 3C4. Free.

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Penn’s readings are sponsored by the League of Poets, Metro Readings in Public Places.

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Penn Kemp TWO POEMS

DM du Jour

REFLECTING MIMESIS

As owl hoots through a spangled sky,
I slip from the dominant design of vision
to sleep doubling to dream, fallen into ear.

Atuned.  Ear prints’ whispered lineage
alerts us to evolutionary danger even
as awareness expands beyond my scope.

Dropping off, all ears, I tune in, transform
visual  illusion for glamorous aural chimera
wonder where Beauty disappears in clamour.

Duplicity entrances, the diversity of
possible beings that inhabit the world,
whose lives are played below our sight-

line.  They know their path and do not
deviate.  We who’ve taken wrong turns
over and over since the Neolithic watch

in wonder.  And wonder how to return
to such simple complexities with intact
consciousness.  The jewel in our crown,

that we know we know, we do not wish
to lose in merging with all that could be.

Night rustles outside our window, murmurs
and squeaks.  Whimpers follow outraged
raccoon…

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Penn Kemp ~ Solstice

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Insects shrill. A thrum as of clacking bones.
Today tallies a long count of creation cycles.

On this winter solstice we climb our Sacred
Tree to enter wide zones of silence through

the doorway of darkness, our canoe riding
white rivers of night. The elliptic crosses

Milky Way precisely now, when elements
merge in a dark rift of source and return.

Cacti and palm leaves rustle dry in the ruins.
Terror cracks the heart open. Rivulets run

a scarlet sap to appease unknown gods be-
yond us. Blooming and blessing, this wound

wound tight round knots of surmise reveals so
little before our offering is received in sunrise.

Penn Kemp ~ Performance poet, activist and playwright Penn Kemp is the League of Canadian Poets 2015 Spoken Word Artist of the Year. Her latest works are two anthologies: Performing Women and Women and Multimedia. Her new book of poems Barbaric Cultural…

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