Poetry is very healing…A night with Cindy Williams Gutierrez at the Nye Beach Writer’s Series…

by | Feb 17, 2013

Gerardo accompanied Cindy and is her talented musician. 

The Nye Beach Writers Series is pure literary entertainment and showcases authors of diverse types of writing including fiction, nonfiction, plays, songs, Oregon history, memoir, poetry, essays, and investigative journalism.

Poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez collaborates with artists in theatre, music, and visual art. Her collection, the small claim of bones, is forthcoming from Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe (Arizona State University). Poems and reviews have appeared in Borderlands, Calyx, Harvard’s Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, UNAM’s Periódico de poesía, Portland Review, Quiddity, Rain Taxi, Rattle, Windfall, and
ZYZZYVA, among others.



The “open mic” is a special part of the program which follows intermission.  If you arrive early enough to get on the list of 10 speakers, 5 minutes each is provided for your original readings…  The prose and poetryhttp://www.diffen.com/difference/Poetry_vs_Prose is varied with folklore at the center of  the stories both fiction and non-fiction.  Following is one poem that got my attention since the reading is connected to my passion and the theme of this blog…

Veteran’s Day Poem by Sue Fagalde Lick…http://www.suelick.com

Navy Ex-Wife

“We lived on his monthly GI bill.
I wore his Navy work shirts,
our last name stenciled on the pockets.
I even wore his dungarees, and once,
When he took me to snow,
he wrapped me in his foul weather jacket.
faded green, smelling of sweat and cigarettes.

He never spoke of Vietnam,
except about the girls, the drugs, the booze
when they R and R in Asian ports.
Not a word about the men he killed, the blood,
the noise, torpedoes splintering the deck,
He just smoked and clenched his jaws,
muscles moving in his cheeks.

In his wallet, he carried a wrinkled card
that said he would go and fight again,
he’d put on his suit of Navy clothes.
Meanwhile, he bobbed at anchor, loosely tied
to a woman who wanted kids and a home.
but I was just a girl in another port, 
wearing his name on a denim shirt…”

Sue Fagalde Lick

The Nye Beach Writers Series also gave me an opportunity to read for a second month in a row.http://livingwithptsd-sparkles.blogspot.com/2012/06/fighting-anger-after-war-short-article.html  This is the kind of forum that brings out the very best in artistic talent we rarely have an opportunity to experience.  It also provides a venue for many to continue on their journey of healing.

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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