Casting Your Bread on the Water and Watching it Return to you a Hundredfold

The Mindful Bard: Who Cares? Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 17 2014-04-25 Film: Who Cares Director: Mara Mourão “We are not guests here. We create our own life. We create our own world. Before we create our world we must imagine what kind of world we want to create and then start doing that.” -Muhammad Yunus, founder of Kiva, a global organization that provides micro-loans to the poor “I define ideas like a parachute. A parachute is a wonderful achievement only when it is used for what it’s meant for. If you wrap a parachute around yourself … Continue reading Casting Your Bread on the Water and Watching it Return to you a Hundredfold

In Conversation With Patrick Woodcock, Part III

Wanda Waterman Volume 22 Issue 17 2014-04-25 Patrick Woodcock uses poetry to document the suffering of humanity in war-torn countries—a kind of poetic nonfiction. (See Voice review of Echo Gods and Silent Mountains: Poems, his book of poems based on his time in Iraqi Kurdistan.) Recently he took the time to answer Wanda Waterman’s questions about his formal and informal education and some of the close calls he experienced in Iraq. (Also read the first and second parts of this interview.) Unwitting Mentors As with many poets, university wasn’t a great fit for Patrick, who openly admits to having despised … Continue reading In Conversation With Patrick Woodcock, Part III

The Great Beauty: The Visual Feast at the Wedding of the Sacred and the Profane

Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 16 2014-04-18 Film: The Great Beauty Director: Paolo Sorrentino Writers: Paolo Sorrentino & Umberto Contrarello “Rome is a place where, more than any other city, the sacred and the profane go together.” -Paolo Sorentino in an interview with Larry Rother for The New York Times Have you ever experienced that peculiar astonishment that follows profound loss, that sense of surprise at the fact that the people around you are carrying on as usual? If so, you may have asked yourself, “How can they continue like this? Don’t they know the world has … Continue reading The Great Beauty: The Visual Feast at the Wedding of the Sacred and the Profane

In Conversation with Patrick Woodcock, Part II

Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 16 2014-04-18 Patrick Woodcock uses poetry to document the suffering of humanity in war-torn countries— a kind of poetic nonfiction. (See Voice review of Echo Gods and Silent Mountains: Poems, his book of poems based on his time in Iraqi Kurdistan.) Recently he took the time to answer Wanda Waterman’s questions about literary forms, his childhood, and the conditions that enabled him to embark on so many remarkable adventures. (You can read the first part of this article here.) A Blessed Childhood Patrick credits his parents for preparing him for the unusual … Continue reading In Conversation with Patrick Woodcock, Part II

In Conversation With Patrick Woodcock, Part I

Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 15 2014-04-11 Patrick Woodcock is a Canadian poet who employs poetry to document the suffering of humanity in war-torn countries— a kind of poetic nonfiction. (See The Voice Magazine’s review of Echo Gods and Silent Mountains: Poems, his book of poems based on his time in Iraqi Kurdistan.) Recently he took the time to answer Wanda Waterman’s questions about poetry schools, his childhood, and what pointed him towards poetry. The Surrealist Influence Patrick doesn’t place himself within any specific school of poetry, which is not to say that he feels all poetry … Continue reading In Conversation With Patrick Woodcock, Part I