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P is for Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, PA





The new 2011 Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Amy Small-McKinney, will be reading at the MCPL Awards ceremony at the Ambler Theater, April 20th, 2011, along with judge Christopher Bursk.  Stratoz and I are pleased to be participating in the festivities with a display of mosaics and stained glass inspired or described by poetry.  Before I found my passion making mosaics, I was writing poetry, and was selected by Robert Pinsky to be the 2000 Poet Laureate of Montgomery County.  Joanne Leva, creator and director of the MCPL program, has become a dear friend, and she has been with me every step of the way during my evolution from poet to mosaic artist.  It should not have surprised me that Joanne’s undergraduate degree was in graphic design and sculpture!  Creativity crosses boundaries of genres of the arts, from writing, to visual art, to music, dance and beyond.  Here is a poem with vivid imagery, Clear Moon, Frost, from Amy Small-McKinney:


Clear Moon, Frost

How I have used
the vowel’s scalpel

How I heard scraping on the sill
and swore it was fear

How you tried to tell me
of forgiveness

How I have come to love the leaf
at my window The mouth that disappears

–Amy Small-McKinney


Poetry Noir Event at Ambler Theater, March 30th, 2011 with Film Noir Mosaics and The Narrow Margin


The first MCPL Poetry Noir Event, featuring Sunset Boulevard at the Ambler Theater, was a hit, and now the second event will Wednesday, March 30th, at 7:30 featuring The Narrow Margin with Charles McGraw as a hard boiled(is there any other kind in Film Noir?)escorting a mob wife from Chicago to LA by train, to testify against her mobster husband.

Come see this short and dramatic film, clocking in at 71 minutes, followed by a reading of poems inspired by a clip from the film, as part of the Poetry Noir program, and my black and silver mosaics in the lobby, and Stratoz’s Film Noir stained glass, for purchase.  It’s going to be an enjoyable evening.




Previous Posts

Film Noir Mosaic Jewelry Series by Margaret Almon

Film Noir Starlight Mandala in Progress



Come See Film Noir Mosaics, Watch Sunset Boulevard on the Big Screen and Hear Poetry at Ambler Theater, October 12th, 2010, 7:00

SwansonI am excited to be part of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program’s Film Noir Series.  When Director Joanne Leva mentioned the project, I suddenly had this desire to make black and white “film noir” mosaics, and when I told her about this, she invited me to make my work available before and after the screening of the featured film, Sunset Boulevard, at the Ambler Theater, Tuesday October 12th, 2010 at 7:00 pm, in Ambler, PA.



The mission of Poetry Noir is to explore the universal moments presented or “spoken” in Black-and-White films with poetry writing.  The MCPL Program has joined with the Ambler Theater to bring the film to the big screen, followed by a selection of poems inspired by the intense drama of Sunset Boulevard about a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity, starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson.  Come join in the black and white glory!

Related Post:

Film Noir Starlight Mandala in Process


My first poetry reading in a long time at Churchill’s in Pottstown

Seaform Pavilion
Seaform Pavilion by Dale Chihuly via VoodooZebra on Flickr.

I will be getting the poems out and giving a reading.
Here’s an excerpt of a poem I wrote about glass, which I mentioned in my post about Christopher Ries.

As you can see, glass has been on my mind for awhile!

Sea of Glass

an excerpt on Dale Chihuly’s Seaforms:

“They are like chiffon woven with ribbon,
they still look warm, as if the blower’s breath
gave the heat rather than the fire.
Some have lip wraps, an edge of color
named a lip.  These forms are open,
lips are the boundary;
a mouth that can say anything.”

Come out and hear the rest!

Mad Poets Society presents a series of the previous Poet Laureates of Montgomery County, 2nd Saturdays at 7:00, at Churchill’s in Pottstown. I was Poet Laureate in 2000, and I’ll be reading with Sorina Higgins.