WCW – Judith A. Christian

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
One Williams Plaza, Rutherford NJ

Plus the words of William Carlos Williams
and open readings from the floor

Judith A. Christian is an editor and poet. She is formerly President of South Mountain Poets, workshop leader, and editor of the anthologies Gathered on the Mountain, The Final Lilt of Songs, and Off Line (South Mountain-Watchung Poets, 2006, 2008, 2010). Her poems appear there and in The Stillwater Review and Voices From Here (Paulinskill Poetry Project, 2009). Her haiku “rising from your bed” is the subject of an essay in The Haiku Aesthetic by Jean LeBlanc (Cyberwit, 2013). She is a long-time student of Buddhist philosophy and continues to receive teachings from exiled Tibetan monks and the scholarly descendants of the first Lama to bring Tibetan Buddhism to the United States. After leaving a career in technical publishing two decades ago, she has worked a series of part-time jobs, most recently, in a grocery store.

Contact: John Barrale – john.barrale@gmail.com

Who puts purple with green
is no one, yet it is done again on the ivy
in a mottled array maybe more maroon
than purple. Who shot the deer
for the ivy to return is no one.

In a dream I am telling you this
no one sitting beside a tangle
of stems of Russian sage
as white as the coming and going
of everything as light.

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