Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Margaret Saine Features with Eva Zmijewska on February 26, 2017

The Village Poets Featured Poet for the month of February 2017 will be Margaret Saine, accompanied on the guitar by Eva Zmijewska.  The reading will take place on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 4: 30 pm at Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga (10110 Commerce Ave. Tujunga, CA 91042) and will include two segments of open mike and refreshments. Right after the reading all guests and poets are invited to the Back Door Bakery and Cafe for the Artist's Reception celebrating "Rose of Roses" photography exhibition by Maja Trochimczyk.


Margaret Saine lives in Los Angeles. After a doctorate in French from Yale, she taught Spanish at universities in California and Arizona. She writes poetry, haiku, and short stories in five languages and also translates other poets. Her books are “Bodyscapes,” “Words of Art,” and 5 haiku chapbooks. Poetry mss. ready for publication are “The Five Senses,” “Reading Your Lips," "Words of Winter," and "While Alive," as well as “Paesaggi che respirano” [Breathing Landscapes], to be published in Italy. She has recently completed “As You Were Saying,” a dialogue with American poet William Carlos Williams.

Saine's newest book of poetry "Lit Angels" is forthcoming from Moonrise Press in 2017.  The poet Nizar Sartawi from Amman, Jordan described Saine's poetry in the following words:
"n Margaret’s poetry we listen to the inner voice of a poet who is committed to building bridges. Beyond the versatility of her topics, the vividness of her images, and the richness of her style, almost every poem she writes is an expression of this quest – building bridges of peace between people, nations, and, in a very intricate way, between the individual and his or her inner self. "
                                                   ~ Nizar Sartawi, independent poet, translator, Amman, Jordan


How can you fall in love with a bird
maybe as the voice of someone
you hold dear in your heart but distant.
You long to get your hands

on her, your ears on her hazy voice.
Then in your other dealings
you forget the darling sounds
that promise to wound and heal

so that your daily life becomes
an unctuous and tortuous battle.
Until one day in the plaza

you hear that pristine voice again
from the bird cages of your search
which was a search for the right one.


I love breadcrumbs
and pick them
from wherever they land
tablecloths, sofas, my chest
you name it

I once read that
breadcrumbs are for the gods
If so how nice they have
good taste like me

If so on second thought
they might be angry
that I rob their crumbs

I sincerely hope
there is a goddess among them
who will smile at my folly
and placate the others
into forgiving me
for stealing their crumbs

The Sky Photo by Margaret Saine


A native of Poland and a resident of Los Angeles, Eva is a singer and guitarist that performs as a half of the Shandy and Eva Duo, and studied music at the Los Angeles College of Music and just started her M.A. studies as a performer-composer at the California Institute of the Arts. She performs and records solo and as a part of the Shandy & Eva Duo that was previously featured by the Village Poets in October 2016.

NOTE: Poems and nature photos above by Margaret Saine.


February 4 - March 4, 2017, 
The Back Door Bakery and Cafe, 8349 Foothill Blvd.

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