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Poetry, photos to be linked

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Poet-photographer Marilyn Hazelton presents "Sustaining The Soul," 9 a.m. - noon Nov. 17, FloreAnt Projects Gallery- Studio, 215 Main St., Emmaus.

A selection of Hazelton's original photographic work combining tanka poetry, a Japanese five-phrase poetic form, and images is on display at the gallery Nov. 17- Dec. 15.

Photographers, painters, writers and students are invited to participate. A goal of the workshop is to deepen participants' insights into their own art and that of other artists and to discover new visual and textual meaning.

The program will also touch on creative process as an avenue of emotional, mental and spiritual clarity. Those taking the workshop may bring one to three photographs to respond to in writing, or choose to focus on photographs in the gallery exhibits. Through a technique called "link and shift," participants will gain insight into their own art.

"Linking poems and photographs can lead to new understanding of joy, love and hope, or grief, anger and fear, and sharpen artistic goals," said Hazelton.

An example of Hazelton's tanka poetry is:

"how our lives

shift and change

the years

when I was speechless

are done"

"The inner strength that came from writing this tanka has been deepened by linking it with a photograph of holly berries and leaves wet with rain," Hazelton said.

Hazelton is a teaching artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her work includes residencies in France, Japan and Morocco. She is a regular presenter at Haiku Society of America meetings in Manhattan. She is Poet-in-Residence at The Swain School, Salisbury Township.

She received an Arts Ovation Award in Literary Arts in 2006 from the Allentown Arts Commission. She edits "red lights," an international tanka journal. Her writing has been published in a number of journals and venues.

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