April 17, 2008

Local Words

Filed under: literature — origamifreak @ 8:31 pm

Last year I took a Tai Chi class held on site after work. There were a number of advanced students in there, and I used to come early and watch them before my (beginner) class.

This year the Tai Chi did not resume, so I enrolled in water aerobics at the local Chiropractic College, which is 30 min away. In the weeks between sessions our water instructor lets us join her during the free swim time. We often go out and eat as a group afterwards.

Tonight she said she had to eat fast because she was due at a friend’s poetry reading at the local library, and invited us along. I thought, “what the heck,” and came. The woman doing the reading looked strangely familiar, but I just could not place her. A club of some kind? An outdoors thing? Finally when I got home, I realized she had been in those Tai Chi classes I observed. This really is a small community.

The poet is named Patricia Roth Schwartz, and I did very much enjoy the reading and the poems. She is animated when she reads – in contrast to her Tai Chi style – and before each poem explained the context, especially when there were references to historical items. There was a mixture of material, some about her family and about growing up in West Virginia, some about aspects of Auburn prison history, from the perspective of the prisoners. She had books for sale. I bought one of each for her to autograph and for me to read.



  1. They sound interesting. May I borrow one or both when you have finished them?

    Comment by Deborah — April 21, 2008 @ 6:09 pm | Reply

  2. Of course!

    Comment by origamifreak — April 21, 2008 @ 10:41 pm | Reply

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