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Poetry In The Flesh
by Rebecca Lerwill   
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Last edited: Saturday, March 01, 2008
Posted: Saturday, March 01, 2008

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Most of us here at the Den are writers. We are poets, authors, and composers of the written word. We are in contact with people who share our interests, and we refer to them as friends. Often, we open our hearts and souls to those friends and sometimes we even confide to these people without ever meeting them in ‘real life’.
I strongly believe that writers, especially those who create poetic work, are very sensitive folks who easily inspire and get inspired.
Writing poetry is more than putting words onto paper. Writing poetry is sharing our deepest emotions and feelings about life, love, lust, anger, frustration or sadness.
I get a great deal of enjoyment reading my friend’s poetry, but today I got struck by something deeper.

Today, I had the great pleasure of meeting one of my ‘den-friends’ in person. I put together an author’s event which consisted of two hours of poetry reading and book signing with three Utah authors, including me.
I invited Karen Vanderlaan, who, besides her childrens book ‘Anna and Chen’, also wrote her amazing memoir ‘Show and Tell’. Karen lives two and a half hours from me and is the only poet here on the den I know of, who lives in Utah. I have been reading Karen’s poetry for several months and I’m always excited when I get notified of a new posting.
However, today I really found myself a lucky person, because I got to sit in the same room with Karen, listening to her read those very same words I have read and admired over the internet.

I can not begin to tell you how amazing it is to be read to by a person whose poetry is so heartfelt and means so much. The feel, the depth, and the aura of every poem Karen read lingered with me long after she finished the last word. I would have never been able to appreciate her word to such intensity just from reading it here.
Poetry in the flesh – that’s what I call it.
Karen: thank you so much for coming and sharing your bottomless talent and sincerity with me (and others). I hope you made it home safe!

At first, I wasn’t sure if I should post this as a blog or as an article. I chose to post it as an article so it is easier available for me, to refresh my memory about this delightful evening.

With love and deepest appreciation,


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Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G
it's such an intense sharing of SPIRIT!
A Wonderful tight kinship, you have expressed with Love HERE Becca!
Glad you had this WONDERFUL opportunity for such a stronger connection between the two of you, with the bond of the written muse! Such FATE that she lives so close to YOU huh, it was FATE you feel right...
Thank you for sharing this awesome heartfelt connection!

Warmest Blessings of Love and Light, Warrior Purple Lady SHEExooo
Reviewed by Lois Christensen
I think it is great you two met. I have read Karen's poetry too and it get to me at my heart. I love her works. I think you are fortunate to be able to say these words here and to let us know about the visit, your deepfelt thoughts on poetry and your style of living. Wish you did live closer to me, I'd get together with you too.
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
I met with dreamweaver here on the den in 2003. I don't know what or where she is. She doesn't post anymore. The original sketch I did of her I gave to her.
When we first met we just hugged.
It was a visit to remember. Here is the link to what I had written about our visit.
Glad you got to visit with Karen.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Wonderful to meet with fellow Authors Denners - we are family - beautifully penned!

(((HGUS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Felix Perry
To be able to see and hear and know that the people we are in contact with almost on a daily basis on the AD is a wonderful experience. It is sad that the cost of travel is so prohibited that it disables most of us from ever seeing the ones we get to know and admire for years. I was thinking of your suggestion of a poet's cruise and though it is such a lovely idea most of us struggling artists could not afford. However I had an idea...what if we could set up some kind of writer's on line conference/symposium with live feed that we could all be seen and heard? Not sure if this is far fetched but putting the idea out there for those of us who are the new age techies and knowledgeable in these things. Great article Rebecca and only wished I could have been there.
Reviewed by George Carroll
Isn't that wonderful to see a poet in the flesh and not just some words that conjurer up thoughts of what must they be like. Now you know.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
Thank you--the pleasure was mine as well--loved your poems and i look forward to reading "Relocating Mia"thank you again, Karen--oh yes--i am home!
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