What does a poem about gurus, a Spanish Haiku, a bored terrorist and a contemplative essay have in common? All were inspired by the intense imagery and space of Marfa, Texas, a small town in remote West Texas with a long history of attracting a diverse array of visitors. Today the average visitor comes from busy, noisy far away places. As pilgrims we may come for art or dancing lights, but soon our facade begins to unravel. We find the light, space, quiet, lack of Starbucks and dependable shop hours a disorienting experience. If we are willing, a spell is cast and our interior voices, masked by the white noise of everyday life, start to emerge.
That is what this book is: a short collection of voices speaking in poems. Some are my voice, others are those that spoke to me during a New Years get away trip. At first I eyed my wordy progeny warily. For starters, I was a bit surprised to have a Spanish haiku manifest alongside a poem about gurus. Now I see that the poems’ diverse voices reflect the places we “visit” when we go to Marfa, a physical space of healing openness and beauty that prods the creative linkages between mind, heart, and art. When we create, the mind conjures and the heart gifts, but in the midst of daily distractions the former may not share well and the latter is fickle and quickly retreats.
This book provides a window into that creative space we search for in places like Marfa. From my heart to yours, enjoy! Kala
Images from the book are available in gifty formats at http://www.cafepress.com/WTPrint