Poetry is an art that often goes unnoticed and underappreciated. Yet, true poets pursue the craft, not because they expect to become rich or famous, but because poetry is in their hearts and they are compelled to follow their passions. April is National Poetry Month, offering the literary world an opportunity to express their appreciation for those that craft their thoughts and words onto a true art form. Colorado is home to a wide variety of women and men who feel a very real need to communicate and share the thoughts and words that flow from their souls. In honor of National Poetry Month, the Southern Colorado Literature Examiner would like to introduce you to some of the best of Colorado’s poets in this three part article.
In part 1, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, a talented performance poet from Telluride, Colorado:
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
“for me, poetry is about a big conversation that happens through poems across continents, cultures, centuries … All of us struggling with the same questions, which all essentially boil down to this: what does it mean to be alive? The reading and writing of poetry is a response to this question, I think, and though we will never satisfactorily answer this question, the bliss in trying!”
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer is the author of three poetry collections and two audio recordings. She also travels, doing poetry performances and poetry playshops, (she says they are too much fun to be called workshops). She is called Word Woman. Watch this wonderful performance poet in action or read a portion of her work and there will be no doubt as to the reason. Her words are creative, but accurate, offering unique vision from the written page. Her expressive, vibrant performances make her work come alive. Rosemerry explains that her live performances are a way to bring the poems off the page.
“Of course live performance is a big part of why I do what I do … It goes back to that “big conversation,” piece I mentioned. Poetry in performance is for me the most thrilling way to experience poetry. I love the sense of really getting to engage with the audience, and as an audience member, I love hearing the poet’s cadence.”
The enthusiasm of this Word Woman is contagious, when you see her perform her poetry, but also as her words skip and dance off the page. Poetry, for Rosemerry, is a way of life. Her blog, One Hundred Falling Veilsis a daily poetry practice, where one can enjoy poems that she has written each day over the past year.
“The time to do this is something I give myself as a gift—partly because I know that poetry helps me to see the world in a different way. It encourages me to pay attention. Today as I was sitting, I noticed the way that the wind would rise and the leaves would dance and then it would return to stillness. And it would be quiet, then the birds would sing, and it would return to stillness. And the anger I had felt earlier that day, how it flared and then dissipated to nothing.
Most recently, Rosemerry is trying her talent making video poetry on Utube : (http://www.youtube.com/user/rosemerryt?feature=mhee). She also shares her gifts with others by “teaching others to use their voices”, which in turn, teaches her about the diversity and the likeness of each one of us as human beings, “It’s wonderful how that comes out in poems, how we are, when we listen to each other, doing what my women’s circle used to call “listening to the other voices of ourselves speaking.”When asked why she does what she does, her reasons are many,
“I sometimes wonder why I do what I do. Because it feels good. Because it feels terrible but brings so much release. Because it’s fun. Because I learn. Because I unlearn. Because it allows me to hang out with other amazing poets. Because it connects me to the world. Because it frees me of rules and lets me make things up. Because it’s what’s real. Because I am lucky. Because when I don’t write I get grumpy.”
Seeing it for Perhaps the First Time
It was dim
who would guess
this was a gift?
Now whatever path
by my own
Fans can also catch Rosemerry expanding her talents through video poetry on her You Tube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/rosemerryt?feature=mhee
Read the Southern Colorado Literature Examiner’s account of one of Trommel’s poetry performances and view slideshow here: http://nextooze.com/literature-in-colorado-springs/salida-artwork-s-poetry-performance-readings-receive-generous-applause
Tomorrow the Southern Colorado Literature Examiner introduces three talented Colorado poets: Colorado Springs’ poet, Jessy Randall; Indian Hills poet, Joseph Hutchison; and Pike’s Peak Poet Laureate, Jim Ciletti. Part 3 features Crested Butte poet, David J. Rothman.