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Events for Renowned California Poet Patrice Vecchione’s
New Book of Poems
Events for Patrice Vecchione’s new book of poems, "The Knot Untied," gather crowds at bookstores and poetry readings throughout Northern California.
Patrice writes about what it means to be alive and alert to the world around her. She’s a woman who never left her girlhood jump rope behind, an artist unafraid of glitter, one who'd rather be near than far, an ordinary woman who, through poetry, celebrates the extraordinary in daily life.
Patrice believes poetry — the writing and the reading of it — is life-affirming. It's a way of saying, “Let’s look closely at this small thing or attend to a larger something like losing or finding someone. Poems are a way to notice and celebrate that which we all see but the poet stops long enough to find the poem hidden there. A poem can praise both triumph and defeat because they're both aspects of being alive. Poetry shortens the divide between people—that which makes us seem different from each other. Read a poem and you find we’re really very much alike.”
The poems in “The Knot Untied” aim to shine a light on friendship, the mother-daughter relationship, the aging process, falling in love, the natural world, the small, often unnoticed moments, and how within these experiences there is something ineffable — call it God or spirit or that which can't be explained. These are poems written by a writer seeking to celebrate the world and her place
Patrice took an unusual route to publish this collection. “The Knot Untied” was published by a community of readers. She developed an Indiegogo campaign that she announced through Facebook, creating a venue for the community to fund her new book. Very quickly, teachers, housewives, musicians, doctors and lawyers came together to make it possible for her new collection of poems “The Knot Untied” to be published.
Upcoming Events include:
· CARMEL: Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Poetry in the Garden—a reading and writing workshop, Pilgrim's Way Bookstore's Secret Garden, Friday, 6/21, 6:00 - 8:00, details at 831-624-4955
· MODESTO: Patrice will talk about writing, the creative process and her new book at the Barkin' Dog Grill, 940 11th St, on 6/11, 7:30 pm
· LOS ANGELES: A poetry reading and talk at Beyond Baroque, Saturday afternoon, 10/19 at 4 pm, 681 Venice Blvd, 310-822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org
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