My work celebrates connections between the natural world and the life of the spirit. By careful observation and focus on the specific detail, in the tradition of the great nature writers such as Gary Snyder, I discover the meanings and connections that nourish the mindful life.
Related themes are the struggle with problems of personal identity and the search for a spiritual home that are common to all immigrants. Moving as a young adult from New Zealand to England, I reconnected with the ancient seasonal myths that underpin Western culture. Another move, to California in the late 1960s, brought me not only a new landscape, but also exposure to a flourishing tradition of poetry by women (Denise Levertov, Adrienne Rich, and Eavan Boland in particular) and a growing body of knowledge about ancient, earth-centered beliefs and spiritual practices.
My poem "Amethyst Geode" is used in an undergraduate Introduction to Geology course at the University of Cincinnatti.
I served for 12 years on the steering committee of Waverley Writers, which seeks to foster understanding and appreciation of good poetry by organizing monthly open poetry readings and occasional poetry workshops in Palo Alto. In 1991 Waverley Writers received the Art Recognition Award from the Council for the Arts, Palo Alto and Midpeninsula Area (CAPA) for our contribution to the artistic enrichment of the community.
In 1993 I served a one-year term as Literary Arts Chair on the board of the Council for the Arts, Palo Alto and Midpeninsula Area (CAPA).
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