Showing posts with label Laurence Holden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Laurence Holden. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Laurence Holden's poem "Only the River Now" in June issue of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel & at "Seedtime on the Cumberland" Celebration

Laurence Holden will read his poem "Only the River Now" at the June 6th launch of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel: Volume 18, The Dead, held at the Southern Appalachian Writers Collaborative Summer Gathering/Reading.  This will be Appalshop's 29th annual Seedtime on the Cumberland in Whitesburg, Kentucky, celebrating Appalachian people, music, arts, and culture.

You can listen live to this reading June 6th at 12 noon on WMMT-FM 88.7

Laurence's poem in this issue "Only the River Now" was inspired by the nearby river, the Chattooga, the surrounding mountain community, and the way things pass there. The author says that it is the only poem he has ever written that comes close to being a story. After he had written it, he put it away in a drawer very unsure about its "narrative arc," or even what that really meant. Several writers told him it was very important to have this arc. So months later he had an opportunity to ask his poet friend Mildred Greear, who writes ballads, what a story needs. She said - it only has to be true! Without her saying that, this poem would never have seen the light of day. So, of course, Laurence dedicated the poem to her.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Netwest member, Laurence Holden publishes in Oregon journal

Laurence Holden, poet and visual artist, lives in north Georgia and has been a member of NCWN West for a number of years. It is always good to see what our members are up to. The following is an email he sent to us this week.

"Two of my poems, "We Are All Vagabonds," and "Channelling" appear in the upcoming Spring issue of Elohi Gaduga: Narratives for a New World, a journal in Oregon.

"Elohi gaduga" is their version of the Cherokee "e-lo-hi ga-du-hv" ᎡᎶᎯ ᎦᏚᎲ meaning the earth together in community.

I have read "We Are All Vagabonds" at many venues over the last several years, and it's one of my favorite ones to read before groups. It grew out of reflecting upon several day hikes to the Chattooga  River with Georgia Forest Watch where we would gather around a campfire at the river's edge for a poetry reading and some of Marie Dunkle's rousing Celtic fiddle playing. Around that campfire we were from many far flung places, and after our brief gathering around what was an ancient circle, no doubt we would scatter again to perhaps never to meet in just this way again. Every life is its own journey. We humankind have been doing this for millennia.

My poem "Channelling" explores a poignant moment I shared with my father in the last year of his life. I created an image to accompany this poem:

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Laurence Holden’s, (of "The Artist's Path" Blog) poem,"The Gate" featured in the inaugural issue of Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing

I am pleased to be able to support this new venture which recognizes the deep relationship between art and healing. The editors' hope is that" this will be a place to which you come as you journey the luminous path to wholeness."  Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing

Here is an image I created to go with the poem:
Laurence Holden,
Warwoman Creek,
Katuah Province, Turtle Island
"What ever you make must be a being...Only a deliberate process of creating being-like (and self-like) centers...throughout the world will encourage the world to become more alive...[this means you] consciously move towards those things which most deeply reflect or touch your own self, your own inner feeling, and consciously move away from those which do not...this process creates places which are profoundly practical, harmonious, adequate for the conduct of life, respectful of ecology and all living forms..." -Christopher Alexander,  The Nature of Order

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Seedlight and More - an exhibit of paintings and poems by Laurence Holden


SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2 - 6 P.M.

"We  spend so much of our lives seeking to understand the patterns around us.This I do too.And then there is the gravity that bears upon all of them,and us,
as well as the desire for ascension.These paintings and poems are my way to understand this. "
- Laurence Holden

"Seedlight: In the Mothering of All Things," 2015
oil on canvas


All things show their faces when we do.
All things speak when we do.
All things appear when we do.

The first face, the first word,
they blossom into all the others.
They all are true.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Laurence Holden wins Honorable Mention for his poem

Congratulations to Netwest member, Laurence Holden who received an Honorable Mention for his illustrated poem "This Line Drawn" from the C.J. Jung Society of St. Louis, “The Altar of the Earth: Essays Exploring the Intersection of Jungian Thought and Ecology." 

To read more visit here.

Whole Terrain Journal: "Trust the Process: a conversation with artist & poet Laurence Holden"

Whole Terrain Journal, a nationally acclaimed journal of reflective environmental practice, features an interview with Laurence Holden on their blog November 25, 2014:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Poet and Artist Laurence Holden to Teach a Fall Workshop

Who: NCWN/NetWest member Laurence Holden
What: Fall workshop, "Drawing from Our Own True Nature"
Where: North Georgia mountains: Kawani, 226 Beck Rd, Clayton, GA
When: November 8 and 9, 2014

The workshop combines drawing, writing, seeing, sensing, touching, listening, and telling. Each morning, participants will strike out on foot from Kawani to discover the rhythms and patterns in nature that resonate within them in ways that are singular to each of us and call us to know ourselves more intimately and more clearly.


October 9: DEADLINE to pay for a place in the workshop, which is limited to 12 participants. Click here to register.

Friday November 7 , 7-9 pm. get to know and orientation session at Kawani, 226 Beck Rd, Clayton, GA, Laurence's home and studio.

Saturday - Sunday,  8:30 a.m. meet at Kawani and head out into the forest. We will return each day in the late afternoon in time for refreshments.

Sunday November 9, 4 -6 pm  refreshments and a gathering, sharing and summing up together of what was learned and exploring where to go from there.

Who Can Benefit:

  • if you miss a personally embracing relationship with the natural world
  • if you have the recurring feeling that nature has something to teach you
  • if you enjoy the outdoors and would like to explore a new approach to the experience
  • if you are an artist or crafts person who draws inspiration from nature
  • if you suffer from nature deficit disorder
  • if you are an artist or crafts person stuck in a creative rut, or just grown stale in your approach

What to Expect:

  • small group size - workshop is limited to only 12 participants.
  • An immersion in the natural world bit by bit through all your senses
  • exploring techniques handed down from before the dawn of time for seeing, sensing and understanding the patterns and rhythms of life embedded in nature
  • a series of guided generative experiences in seeing and sensing to connect the rhythms and patterns in nature with those already living within each us
  • as you immerse yourself, layer by layer, into the rhythms and patterns of nature you will begin to recognize layer by layer the patterns and rhythms within yourself that generate and shape the grain of your own life.
For more information, click here.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

New iBook by Laurence Holden

New iBook. Just published by Laurence Holden. "A book for this season, the season of wintering - an interactive book of my poems, paintings, photographs, video, and spoken word. A meditation on winter, and wintering. These words and images - two sides of the same coin, tumbling in a great river - bearing witness to the Creation. I’ll meet you there."

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, and with iTunes on your computer. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iPad. Books with interactive features may work best on an iPad. Click here for Laurence's page on iTunes:

Friday, December 13, 2013

Great Gift Item - Laurence Holden's Christmas Book

A book where vision and poetry gather, where sound and sight converse. These paintings and poems share something very important - a concentrated form of paying attention - paying attention to what is! And what is, is both moving and still, both seen and unseen, heard and unheard. The paintings are still, yet move in our minds, thoughts, and feelings. The poems move in our minds, our thoughts, our feelings, and yet they form pooling echoes of the still and eternal present. Paintings and poems - two sides of one coin.

This electronic version includes two additional videos and is developed and adapted by Louis Leon from a handmade limited edition book the artist created and gave for a Christmas gift to friends and family in 2009.

Ten Poems And Eleven Paintings, Christmas 2009 is especially designed for iPad and is available for purchase on iTunes for $4.99: