Bards of Bucks County bring poetry to Patterson Farm

by M. L. Dwyer

The Bards of Bucks County, a poetry series begun in 2005, held its monthly meeting at the Artists of Yardley center this month in an effort to marry the area’s poetry and arts communities. Set in the old farmhouse on the preserved Patterson Farm in Yardley, the night began with a wine and cheese reception, allowing members and the public to socialize before the event, while admiring the many works of art that adorn the walls of the arts center.

The featured performance poet was Corie Feiner. Raised in New York and California, she now calls Yardley home. A graduate of University of Pittsburgh and NYU, where she received her MFA, Ms. Feiner was the 2011 Bucks County Poet Laureate, and is the author of the poetry collection “Radishes into Roses.”

Standing in front of a crowded room, she performed several poems, including “Stomach,” a poem about her grandmother, “The Space Between,” “Ode to the Towpath Mule,” “Being a Terrorist is Hard Work” and “Tattoos.”

The open mic session which followed was a full one, as many of the members took the dais to perform their own poetry. Marie Kane recited “The House is Finally Quiet,” a poem about the appreciation of stillness and quiet after a recent home renovation.

Dave Worrell performed his poem “Awakening,” a poem about the experience of a 12-year-old boy hearing jazz for the first time. Donna Wooley shared her love of cats in “Why God Made Cats” and also read “The Wings of Life,” a bird-themed poem about the chronology of life.

Marilee Morris’ poem “Karma” created vivid imagery of a walk through a park, admiring the flora and fauna and becoming one with nature.  Dutch (no last name given) performed “Up and Around,” a poem about Vietnam, and “Friendship in Spite of Circumstance.”

Arlo and Kerry Geller, a brother/sister duo, gave a moving, split performance of “Flight.” She first recited the poem dramatically, after which her brother sang the same poem to music. 

Susan Gerardi Bello, the director and host of the The Bards of Bucks County, performed one of her poems, “Boys Dressed as Men,” an emotional poem about September 11th, so apt for this time of year and a remembrance of all those whose lives were lost.

The final performance of the night was “Old Lady Shoes,” by Kate Sweeney. Her poem was a funny, uplifting look at the long-term effect of wearing stylish shoes in youth through the eyes of an old woman now wearing old lady shoes!

The Bards of Bucks County is a monthly poetry series that meets the third Friday of every month at Newtown Library Company.

PHOTO CAP: Corie Feiner performs one of her poems at Patterson Farm