FLIGHT: ON THE WINGS OF POESY

What more could one want, when one is at Flight Wine & Food and an hour full of poetry?

The event was on Saturday, June 30, 2011 at Frank Ashton’s Flight Wine & Food, a nifty wine bar in Cupertino, California.

Poetry Center San Jose sent out a membership blast inviting members to attend the celebration of Poet Nils Peterson’s latest publication, A Walk to the Center of Things. This volume inaugurates the caesura editions, a new series of poetry collection sponsored by PCSJ.

The book was designed by Joe Miller, and Erica Gross managed this edition as the executive editor and project manager. Interspersed throughout the book, and a brilliant splash on the front cover, is art by Patrick Surgalski, whose paintings have been exhibited at several art museums. Surgalski is an art teacher San Jose State University.

Knowing how generous Nils Peterson is, it is no surprise that the plan was to give away a copy of his new book to current members of PCSJ. However, not too many members attended, other than the same individuals who usually attend the monthly poetry reading at Willow Glen, and the few who otherwise attend poetry events where Nils is the featured reader. Regardless, those who attended, certainly had a great afternoon sipping wine and enjoying Nils read selected poems from his newest publication.

Nils Peterson will be the featured reader at the Thursday reading at Willow Glen Library on July 21, 2011, at 7:00pm. Open mic will follow as usual.

Peterson’s new collection of poems,A Walk to the Center of Things includes poems that show us glimpses of the poet’s life, his childhood, his youth, his family, and other personal aspects that grace the pages—gems that sparkle with a luster of language that is so characteristic of Nils Peterson, a poet of the people. And as he says in his poem “To the Storyteller, On Having Found One of Her Secrets”:

“…that presence to the moment
of the telling, the knowledge that when the right
story comes, one’s words come ringing forth
like those from a “prophet in his power.”

…My drink is gone, though the ice cubes I suck on are reminiscing about the good times with the good gin. I could have another… (“Go Way From My Window”)

Check out Frank Ashton’s Flight Wine & Food, at 20333 Stevens Creek Boulevard, (Stevens Creek and Vista), Cupertino, CA 95014.
Phone: (408) 459-7711.

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