Hello Heaven! Poems from Arabic Sicily
Haunting Arabic song, Moroccan oud, and new English translations bring alive thousand-year-old Sicilian poems about love, estrangement, orange trees, volcanoes, and peacocks, and also a couple of original Tunisian poems. This set is a reminder that Mediterranean Italy once thrived with cultural diversity: sales of this CD benefit ongoing work for intercultural peace in Siracusa, Sicily.
In the Middle of the Night of the Road of My Life I Found Myself in a Tangled Wood
Patti Trimble's original voice tells another kind of news in this fine collaboration with eclectic musician Peter Whitehead. Some poems untangle the wild woods of current events, mythology, science, humor, and personal insight; and some of these lyric meditations envelop the listener in sound, evoking wonder at our entangled world.
Patti Trimble is a poet, performer, and visual artist. She's been writing lyric poems for performance for twenty years and performing them with musicians at hundreds of conferences, clubs, and concerts in the US and Italy: sharing stages with poets/performers/public speakers such as L. Ferlinghetti, Pattiann Rodgers, Robert Haas, Gary Snyder, Kay Ryan, Coleman Barks, Karen Penley, Nanao Sakaki, Bob Holman, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
For six years Patti performed with guitarist Bill Horvitz and vocalist Pablo Rodriguez, and she's collaborated with various musicians including Vincent Chancy, Steve Adams, Juliana Kohl, Steve Shain, Vito Ricci, and Peter Whitehead. She also performs solo, accompanying her spoken word on violin, thumb piano, banjo, or song. Much of her work has focused on wilderness and also on the importance in this human life of speaking poetry live, because poetry for at least four thousand years has been a beautifully-structured kind of news: a humorous or insightful or raging universal-personal newscast from another source. To share words in community and in the wilds, Patti helped Margaret Eissler create the Tuolumne Poetry Festival in Yosemite, a poetry festival you have to walk to; and her earlier recording - Small Craft Advisories (nomumbling; 1999) with musicians Bill Horvitz, Pablo Rodriguez, Juliana Kohl, and Joseph Sabella - is a poem cycle of weather reports from a raggedy personal life.
Patti's work has earned grants from the Lannan Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Tumbleweed, and also sixty-plus Poets & Writers grants for readings and performances at venues such as Tuolumne Poetry Festival, Carmel Performing Arts Festival, CUNY Environmental Conference, Paradise Lounge, New York Open Center, Majazze Catania, San Francisco Word Cycle, and Poetry Flash Watershed Festival. Other literary honors include a Pushcart nomination, finalists listings from P&W California Poetry Award and Glimmer Train Short Story; and a Djerassi Foundation Writer's Residency Award.
These two new recordings on Out of Round mark the beginning of a new set of poetry and music projects following a ten-year journey into written forms of poetry and deep into Mediterranean history and culture. Patti has lived in Sicily part-time since 2003, teaching writing and sometimes performing poetry in international poetry/music events. In 2005 Small Craft Advisories was adapted by Italian author-actor Enzo Alaimo as theater: Avisso ai Naviganti, presented at Ortigiafest, Siracusa, Sicily.
Patti's poems are widely published in journals and anthologies, with chapbooks On the Backbone of Things Underfoot, Yosemite Poems and Zero from Redfruit Press; When You Dip Your Head Under Water from Running Wolf Press; and Here in These Fields a limited-edition artist chapbook for her painting exhibit Vanishing California. She's written lyrics for the Nature Company and hundreds of stories and essays for educational publishers such as Macmillan-McGraw Hill and Encyclopedia Britannica; earned an MFA from Hunter College; writes for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival; and teaches creative writing for Sonoma State University Osher Program, Point Reyes Field Institute, and Arcadia University Abroad.