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Poetry—The Art of the Voice

January 6, 2011

Poetry—The Art of the Voice is another one of my poems published in This Enduring Gift – A Flowering of Fairfield Poetry, 2010. Editor Freddy Niagara Fonseca posted this poem on his page: VISITING POET Ken Chawkin: Poetry – The Art of the Voice, which links to the complete version on his Live Journal.

Poetry—The Art of the Voice

How fine will your breath become
from listening to these words?
How soft will they seem to be
as they settle through the mind
like silent snowflakes falling
from a windless winter sky?

I often marvel at the mystery—
how words can work
on a listener’s heart and mind,
upon hearing a poet’s thoughts,
a poet’s breath, flowing
from an inner voice—

a windless wind, speaking
through a voiceless voice.

© Ken Chawkin
Published in This Enduring Gift – A Flowering of Fairfield Poetry, 2010

This poem came out of the inspiration listening to the Diane Rhem Show: Bill Moyers on Poetry, when she invited him on to talk about his latest PBS special on the Poetry Festival he had attended and filmed, and his new book of it, “Fooling With Words: A Celebration of Poets and Their Craft” (William Morrow). They had invited 3 poets: Marge Piercy, former poet laureate Mark Strand, and Jane Hirschfield, to call in and discuss the inspiration for a poem they had written and share it with the listening audience. The effect on the Festival audiences was also discussed. See , with links to the program, book, and each poet reading their poem.

When the call went out for poems from Fairfield poets for This Enduring Gift-A Flowering of Fairfield Poetry, I sent it in along with some haiku and a tanka. It was published and later selected as the POEM OF THE DAY: Poetry – The Art of the Voice, by Ken Chawkin.

Upcoming Anthology of Fairfield Poets

October 20, 2009


A Flowering of Fairfield Poetry

76 Poets Who Found Common Ground in One Small Prairie Town

Original Poems Selected with Introductions by Freddy Niagara Fonseca.  Foreword by Donovan.  Endorsements from Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of Iowa, Walter Butts, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, Kira Rosner, Author of When Souls Take Flight. 1st World Publishing. To order advance copies of THIS ENDURING GIFT go to:

Ken Chawkin copyrights all poems presented for consideration in this poetry anthology by Fairfield Poets, edited by Freddy Niagara Fonseca, to be published in 2010. Not all of them will make it into the final publication, but they are available online here for a limited time. That site has been removed, but you can see my published poems in This Enduring Gift: A Flowering of Fairfield Poetry.

Poetry — The Art of The Voice

Five Haiku from 13 Ways to Write Haiku: A Poet’s Dozen


Cold Wet Night

Thinking of You Today

Ode To The Artist: Sketching Lotus Pads at Round Prairie Park

© Ken Chawkin

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