Civitella Ranieri

Civitella Ranieri
  Fellows' Forum

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Poetic Presentations

Last Thursday, the Civitella Ranieri library became a stage for the Fellows, Director's Guests and visiting artists of this year's third session. 14 artists, writers and composers presented briefly on their works and backgrounds to an audience of their peers, visitors, and Civitella staff. Many members of the community joined us at the castle to learn more about the current residents.
Vivien Greene (DG 2016) addresses the audience as the master of ceremonies for last Thursday's short presentations.
This small glimpse left everyone ready to learn more, and we were happy to attend the presentations yesterday, with readings by American poets Tom Healy (DG 2016) and Rusty Morrison (CRF 2016). Tom Healy read not only from his published works, but also shared a poem he had just written that day; an emotional response to the tragic earthquake that Italy experienced early Wednesday morning.

Rusty Morrison took the stage next with Hardanger fiddle player Benedicte Maurseth (CRF 2016), to offer the viewers a unique multi-dimensional poetic experience. The performance was unrehearsed, and Morrison's verse and Maurseth's melody symbiotically informed one another during the improvisation.

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