This Thursday’s Poetry night features Brigit Treux. The evening starts earlier this time, 7:30PM for the open mic, at Mari’s Wine Bar, 8222 Firestone Blvd., Downey, across from Porto’s.
Brigit Truex has lived in the Sierra foothills of northern California for a dozen years, and her newest book, Strong as Silk: The Gold Hill Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Company, Prose and Poems, has just been published by Lummox Press. Through letters, journal entries and poems, Truex weaves the true story of the rise and fall of a Japanese colony in Gold Hill in the 1860’s, a group of samurai-class men and women who fled Japan after a civil war hoping to grow silk and tea in California. Strangers in a strange land.
At dawn’s edge, heron
steps into pond of black silk.
Water heals itself.
Line by line, wild geese
inscribe farewell notes on sky.
Wind fingers their nests.
Brigit is part Abenak-Cree and part Irish. Her Native American name is Cedarwoman. When not writing poetry, she can be found at pow-wows, performing dances. She has founded workshops in Massachusetts and California. Her newest group is Red Fox Underground.