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Wendy Brown-Baez Hi Jason, Good questions! Because I started out memorizing and acting my poems out dramatically, I saw myself as part of oral tradition (as a…moreHi Jason, Good questions! Because I started out memorizing and acting my poems out dramatically, I saw myself as part of oral tradition (as a performance poet but not a slam poet.) I believe poetry publically shared was a spiritual experience grounded in ritual. Bards once traveled from town to town bringing legends, history, myths, the latest gossip. My own form was not as structured but I told my personal story within the context of traveling, observing my responses and those around me, and persona poems of women from other cultures in order to give them a voice. However, I have a strong "on the page" poetry as well. I feel I am following in the footsteps of a spiritual and sensual poetic tradition: Rumi, Hafiz, and yet also, tackling topics of social justice. I am eclectic in my choice of favorite poets, from Neruda to Joy Harjo, from Rumi to David Whyte, from e.e. commings to Ellen Bass, from Denise Levertov to Wislawa Szymborska, many influences, willing to experiment with a variety of styles.

I also write memoir and fiction hoping to bridge cultures and plant seeds of alternatives for sharing spaces, and healing and forgiveness.

What performance poetry can do is to connect intimately with your audience. I do not have piece of paper in my hand; I look in people's eyes, move around the room, create an atmosphere with candles and ritual, invite participation. It can be very moving and profound for me and I think the audience as well. Poetry itself cracks open our hearts and lets the light in. It reaches us subconsciously and intuitively and viscerally.

Memoir is a way to connect in a different way: not only am I vulnerable with my flaws, questions, and mistakes, but I hope to inspire with my reslience, determination and gained insight. Memoir can be a glimpse into someone's heart and soul and a mirror to our own, a way to see our own beauty in grappling with life's challenges. It is more personal than fiction and again, intimate and emotional and inspiring.

I could probably write an entire chapter on your question but I'll stop here. Feel free to ask me about more specifics. Blessings, Wendy(less)
Wendy Brown-Baez The mystery in my own life is the tension between wanting to belong and wanting independence and freedom. How can you love and be loved fiercely and…moreThe mystery in my own life is the tension between wanting to belong and wanting independence and freedom. How can you love and be loved fiercely and support someone's dream without giving up your own dream? Can you belong without giving up parts of yourself? What if the group where you want to belong asks you to give up your identity to adopt group identity? How can you live in the wind and build a circle of like-minded people? When does becoming a free spirit mean giving up the traditions that create memories and when does staying in order to flourish mean giving up the call of the wild? What do you think....actually, this mystery is the basis of my memoir Flowers in the Wind, currently seeking an agent or publisher. (less)
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transparencies of light

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Dear Fellow Lovers of Books,
I was thrilled to have my novel Catch a Dream by Wendy Brown-Baez published and out in the world. I had a wonderful blog tour through http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/; the local library has it on order; a friend's book club is reading it as their fall selection; I was reviewed in Chicago Life Magazine and had 5 readings locally. Plans were made for more events when I got that heart-stopping telep... Read more of this blog post »
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First Woman, First Man (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:30PM
Description: two poems from my forthcoming chapbook
Gratitude (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Nov 21, 2010 04:05PM
Description: a poem to start the holiday season
Lies (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:35PM
Description: a poem from my forthcoming book of poetry Ceremonies of the Spirit
Beyond Grief (Biographies & Memoirs)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:35PM
Description: excerpt from Beyond Grief: Writing Circles for Healing published in Sept 2008 The Chrysalis Reader to read the entire story: www.swedenborg.com/chrysalis
Reasons (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Oct 02, 2009 05:32PM
Description: This poem was written when I left Alejandro to come back to the states. Our anniversary of first meeting and our wedding day is October 6th. I post this in honor of our enduring love and in his memory.
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“We must sit on the rim
of the well of darkness
and fish for fallen light
with patience.
--Pablo Neruda”
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“We must sit on the rim
of the well of darkness
and fish for fallen light
with patience.
--Pablo Neruda”
Wendy Brown-Baez

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”
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