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02/17/08 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry, Buddhism

Right on the heels of Literary Cafe Poetry Nite success, the going keeps going in Tremont. So ask yourself:

Have you noticed the lyrical nature of our prayers and sadhanas as we chant together or during our individual practice at home? Do you recognize the imagery and music in Dharma books? Have you been inspired to scribble little lines on scraps of paper from these?

Jewel Heart has always had a strong connection to poetry, from Allen Ginsburg’s translations of Tibetan and Sanskrit for our benefit to the annual readings at Summer Retreat in his honor. On Saturday, February 23 at 3:00pm, Jewel Heart Cleveland has the honor of having our own Nin Andrews to read and inspire us with her poetry.

Nin (Natalie) Andrews has a new book, Sleeping with Houdini, out from BOA Editions with another, Southern Comfort, soon to be published by CavanKerry Press. She was the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council grant in 1998 and again in 2004. Her work has been published in many literary reviews and anthologies, including Ploughshares, The Paris Review, and Best American Poetry 1997, 2001, 2003 and The Best of the Prose Poem (2006). She has authored several collections including Why They Grow Wings, Midlife Crisis with Dick and Jane and The Book of Orgasms and has won many chapbook contests and the Gerald Cable Award . Nin lives in Poland, Ohio, with her husband and two children.

We will have an open mic afterwards to share our own poems, so BRING them! If you don’t have anything now, we will have pads of paper and pens to put down whatever inspiration you get from Nin or anybody else that shares. This will be a fun time as we wiggle around with words and prance about with prose. So at 3:00pm Saturday February 23 come and hear your sangha sibs read and maybe find the Buddha bard in your heart.

Jewel Heart is an educational and cultural center whose doors are open to all. Its purpose is to transmit the essence of Tibetan Buddhism in an authentic and accessible form. The Cleveland center is located at 2670 W 14th Street in the tradition rich Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.


From the buzz and conversations I've had, it looks to be a significant event. Just a hint on who said they were going to be there, it is someone MAJOR and there is more than one MAC than the bookstore in coventry. Some are coming MILES away. No response yet, but there may be a RAY of light.



Comment from: winston smith [Visitor] Email
winston smithcomment totally off the subject, but pertinent to your life ... we just spent 2 days picking coffee in the mountains. so cool to go to the source and see.

tomorrow's blog will entail the process.
02/27/08 @ 09:35
Comment from: Don Iannone [Visitor] Email
Don IannoneSteve,

Hello. Thought I'd drop by and say hello. Hope things are well with you. Don
03/01/08 @ 14:37